Landlord and tenant disputes are a common part of the rental business. However, being the son-in-law of a Republican ex-president means these conflicts will surely be blown out of proportion — is this what happened?
The real estate company co-owned by Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was hit with a slew of charges by a Maryland judge, Fox News reported. The company, JK2, is 50% owned by Jared Kushner and his brother Joshua Kushner.
Administrative Law Judge Emily Daneker called the violations “widespread and numerous” Thursday in her 252-page decision. She found the company and its successor Westminster Management habitually violated Maryland’s consumer protection laws.
The apartment company that collected on debt is accused of doing so without the license required by the state. They are also accused of improperly charging tenants fees and were purportedly caught misreporting the condition of units. However, there is speculation this was politically motivated.
Maryland’s Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh had sued Westminster and affiliated companies in 2019, insisting tenants were overcharged agent fees to the tune of $332,000 over two years. In her decision, Daneker stopped short of agreeing with Frosh about the company’s inability to fulfill promises made in maintenance contracts and did not find the consumer protection violations for the entire period Frosh had asserted.
“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, general counsel for Kushner Cos., said in a statement to the news outlet. The company theorized that these claims were politically motivated since Frosh is a Democrat and Kushner was associated with Trump. The judge did not find evidence of that charge, however.
Jared Kushner was maligned as being the beneficiary of nepotism, but the truth of his success in his role in the Trump administration was something even Politico couldn’t ignore. The major treaties he brokered in the Middle East toward the end of the administration were impressive if not historic.
Being the son-in-law of Trump already made Jared Kusher a lightning rod. These kinds of business disputes and infractions happen all the time in commercial real estate and likely go largely unnoticed. However, Democrats are still trying to exact their pound of flesh against Trump so it’s always a possibility the charges were politically motivated even if there is no smoking-gun evidence.