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$1,000 fee to rent an apartment? Maryland settles with apartment owner

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Maryland’s Consumer Protection Division reached a settlement with a Prince George’s County apartment owner, who allegedly charged prospective renters an application fee as high as $1,000. Worse, according to state regulators, the apartment complex refused to return the money if the person decided against renting. 

And the apartment owner and property manager filed hundreds of lawsuits alleging lost rent and “other damages that were supported by false evidence, including fabricated invoices,” according to the Maryland Attorney General’s office.

State officials today say they entered into a settlement with property manager Robert Thacker and Ager Road Station, which owns Ager Road Station in Hyattsville. Thacker and the company, according to regulators, said they didn’t violate any laws. But they agreed to pay $500,000 in restitution to burned consumers.  Also, the company said it would forgive more than $300,000 in uncollected judgments, the state said.

I left a message with Thacker’s office for comment and will post it if he responds.

Meanwhile, consumers wanting more information of the settlement should contact the Consumer Protection Division hotline at 410-528-8662 or 888-743-0023.

Also, here’s a story I wrote a while back on tenant rights.

 

 

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