Over the past five years in Maryland, real estate company JK Westminster LLC and its subsidiaries have filed hundreds of lawsuits against low-income tenants for almost any amount of unpaid rent, according to joint reporting from ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine. And despite tenants' legitimate claims in the cases, the companies win nine out of ten.
"JK" just happens to be the initials of Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, whose family business, Kushner Companies, owns JK Westminster. While Kushner stepped down as CEO of Kushner Companies in January, he retains a stake, reportedly as much as 90 percent of his prior holdings worth hundreds of millions.
JK Westminster currently owns 34 complexes across Maryland, Ohio, and New Jersey, with close to 20,000 units, according to Propublica and NYT Mag. And the largest concentration of units—15 complexes that house as many as 20,000 people—is in Baltimore County. While some of the residences receive Section 8 assistance, the residences unofficially serve as public housing since Baltimore County has none.
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