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Realty manager to refund fees to thousands in Md.

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Massachusetts-based realty property management company has agreed to stop charging its Maryland tenants improper application, cleaning and holding fees, and will give money back to thousands of consumers.

The state Consumer Protection Division estimates more than 5,000 consumers are eligible to receive refunds of $100 to $125 from Berkshire Realty Holdings LP.

Berkshire denied allegations by the state attorney general that it violated laws under the Consumer Protection Act. The company did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Berkshire manages residential apartment properties it purchased from Gorn Property Management Co. Its properties are in Baltimore, Silver Spring, Westminster, Glen Burnie, Pikesville, Millersville, Bel Air and Belcamp.

The Consumer Protection Division alleged that Berkshire continued Gorn's practice of charging excessive application fees and holding or reservation fees. Maryland law limits the amount that consumers can be charged for apartment applications.

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