On Thursday, a judge in Maryland issued a 252-page decision that tenants at a Baltimore apartment building co-owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were misled about the conditions of apartments in a Baltimore property.
Many of the tenants were not given the opportunity to view the apartments before making payment and moving in,
According to court documents, Kushner and his brother, Joshua, each own 50% interest in JK2.
Administrative Law Judge Emily Daneker also ruled that the company violated consumer protection laws by unjustly collecting debts and charging tenants with improper fees.
“Kushner respects the thoughtful depth of the Judge’s decision, which vindicates Westminster with respect to many of the Attorney General’s overreaching allegations,” Christopher W. Smith, the Kushner Company’s general counsel, stated.
Maryland Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh sued Westminster and 25 companies associated with it in 2019 under allegations that consumers in Maryland were financially being taken advantage of.
Westminster says that Frosh’s allegations were politically motivated, However, Judge Daneker disagreed.
In her decision, Judge Daneker stated that violations by Westminster Management and the company JK2 were “widespread and numerous.”
Daneker discovered that Westminster charged illegal fees thousands of times over the course of more than two years, such as wrongly charging more than $332,000 in agent fees.
“These circumstances do not support a finding that this was the result of isolated or inadvertent mistakes,” the judge wrote.
Daneker also concluded that Frosh’s office failed to establish that the companies illegally misrepresented their ability to provide maintenance services and were not violating consumer protection laws during the entire period alleged by the attorney general.
Back in November during the thick of the COVId-19 pandemic, Kushner filed to evict hundreds of families as moratoriums expired.
Kushner filed to evict hundreds of families from their homes as the pandemic raged to new highs.
He sent letters to tenants threatening legal action, fees, as well as filing for eviction in court. Many of the tenants live in Baltimore and say they we unable to pay rent after losing their jobs as a result on the pandemic.
In a docuseries done on Kushner in 2020 by Netflix, he was called out for being a slumlord. His properties received many violations that the Housing Authority never insured were corrected. Many of the apartments had “dangerous living conditions.” In one case a ceiling over a woman’s bed collapsed, thankfully she was not at home at the time. Had she been in the bed at the time of the collapse she could have been killed by the cement debris.
Many of the tenants made repeated complaints about mice and rats.
In another instance in 2010, Kamiia Warren received written permission from the building’s on-site manager to break her lease early because of a neighbor’s “erratic behavior.” Kuhner did not own the property in 2010, but three years later when he purchased the building, he sued her for breaking her lease. Unable to find the document proving she had permission to leave, Kushner Companies received legal permission to clear out her bank account and garnish her wages.