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MD legislator introduces “Jared Kushner Act” to curb tenant arrests
Maryland state delegate Bilal Ali is putting Jared Kushner ... although he still holds interests in the majority of the company’s real estate portfolio, either directly or through family trusts which are managed by the Kushner family.
January 31, 2018 04:10PM
From left: Maryland State House, Jared Kushner and Carroll Park complex in Baltimore (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)
Maryland state delegate Bilal Ali is putting Jared Kushner’s name on a new bill that would end the practice of civil arrest for tenants who owe their landlord less than $5,000 in unpaid rent.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the proposed legislation is a renewed attempt to limit the powers of landlords to tap the courts that Maryland’s current attorney general supported just last yearCivil arrest orders, or body attachments, are employed when tenants do not show up for court for hearings on their unpaid debts, rather than to collect the debt itself.
But Ali’s bill comes months after ProPublica and the Sun reported extensively on Kushner Companies reliance on the courts to pursue such debtsBetween 2013 and August of 2017, entities affiliated with Kushner Companies filed more than 1,250 legal actions, including pursuing the arrest of 105 tenants who failed to appear in court, more than any other Maryland landlordAt least 20 of those tenants were arrested, according to the Sun.
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