Com­plexes’ man­age­ment un­der probe

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­

Mary­land law­mak­ers are re­quest­ing doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports that Kush­ner Com­pa­nies LLC, which owns sev­eral de­vel­op­ments in Es­sex and Mid­dle River, and its sub­sidiaries may be vi­o­lat­ing the re­quire­ments of a fed­er­ally funded hous­ing pro­gram op­er­ated by the De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment (HUD).

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the Bal­ti­more Sun, the com­pany has sought civil ar­rest of over 100 former ten­ants to due to al­leged un­paid debts while the New York Times and ProPublica re­port that th­ese units are badly main­tained and in states of dis­re­pair.

The Kush­ner com­pa­nies own ap­prox­i­mately 9,000 units in the state, with a ma­jor­ity be­ing in Bal­ti­more

County. For ex­am­ple, they man­age the Car­roll Park, Cove Vil­lage, Es­sex Park, Har­bor Point Es­tates de­vel­op­ments in Es­sex, Morn­ing­side Park and Whis­per­ing Woods in Mid­dle River, Fon­tana Vil­lage in Rosedale, and the Com­mons at White Marsh.

The let­ter, signed by U.S. Sen­a­tors Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Reps. Eli­jah Cum­mings, Dutch Rup­pers­berger, John Sar­banes and An­thony G. Brown, asked for doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion on the names and oc­cu­pancy of each prop­erty, the amount of fund­ing and sub­si­dies re­ceived by the com­pa­nies, lease agree­ments for each res­i­dence, all civil ac­tions filed by Kush­ner against ten­ants, and more.

“In ad­di­tion, the New York Times and ProPublica re­cently doc­u­mented how ten­ants who live in prop­er­ties owned and man­aged by Kush­ner Com­pa­nies enti- ties have ex­pe­ri­enced ‘poor up­keep, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ance fail­ures, mold, mildew, and ro­dent in­fes­ta­tions,’” states the con­gres­sional mem­bers’ let­ter.

The Mem­bers asked Kush­ner Com­pa­nies to pro­duce, by Septem­ber 8, 2017, the wide range of doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion re­lated to prop­er­ties owned or man­aged by the com­pany and its sub­sidiaries.

“If th­ese re­ports are ac­cu­rate, they raise very se­ri­ous and trou­bling con­cerns about whether Kush­ner Com­pa­nies and its sub­sidiaries are com­ply­ing with HUD’s hous­ing qual­ity stan­dards to en­sure the safety and health of their own ten­ants,” the Mem­bers wrote.

“We are in com­pli­ance with the re­quire­ments of the fed­eral hous­ing choice pro­gram. We ex­er­cise our le­gal rights un­der the rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions of Mary­land law only as a last re­sort af­ter all other rea­son­able at­tempts to col­lect rent pay­ments are un­suc­cess­ful,” said Emily Wolf, gen­eral coun­sel for Kush­ner Com­pa­nies in a state­ment.


The Morn­ing­side Park de­vel­op­ment in Mid­dle River is one of sev­eral Bal­ti­more County prop­er­ties owned by Kush­ner Com­pa­nies LLC.

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