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But a Washington Post analysis shows that managers at Hannity’s four largest apartment complexes in Georgia have taken an unusually aggressive approach to rent collection. They have sought court ordered evictions at twice the statewide rate in a state known for high numbers of evictions and landlord friendly laws and frequently have done so less than two weeks after a missed payment.
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Among the tenants Hannity’s property managers sought to evict, records show, were a former corrections officer and her wife, who fell behind while awaiting a disability determination; a double amputee who had lived in an apartment with her daughter for five years but did not pay on time after being hospitalized; and a single mother of three whose $980 rent check was rejected because she could not come up with a $1,050 cleaning fee for a bedbug infestation.
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cheap moncler jackets Some of the court files include notes showing that sheriff’s deputies removed residents. More often, though, tenants who were taken to court avoided eviction by paying their past due rent along with hundreds of dollars in late Moncler Outlet fees and other costs, records show. The Post found that property managers repeatedly filed eviction actions against many of those residents. cheap moncler jackets
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In response to questions from The Post, Hannity’s attorney moncler sale said in an email that the evictions were appropriate under the circumstances and that Hannity was not involved.
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The firm was created in 2012, under the name New Millennium Property Management, as Hannity expanded his holdings to include large rental properties in Georgia. Hannity’s ownership stake, through a limited liability company called SPMK II, was revealed this year in a disclosure required by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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cheap moncler jackets sale Hannity’s real estate holdings were first revealed by the Guardian last moncler outlet online month after President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen disclosed in court that Hannity was one of his three clients. Without offering details, Hannity said he had not paid Cohen for legal work but had asked him for real estate advice. The Guardian also reported that eviction filings spiked at one of Hannity’s apartment complexes after he purchased it in 2014. cheap moncler jackets sale
cheap moncler coats “It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,” Hannity said in a statement last month. cheap moncler coats
Hannity, who reportedly makes $36million a year, owns more than 1,000 rental units in seven states, records show. They are held through more than two dozen limited liability companies that generally start with SPMK, the combined first initials moncler outlet store of Hannity and his two children. SPMK entities have spent more than $84million on properties since 2003, most of them in Georgia, cheap moncler outlet records show. Although ownership of LLCs is not public, Hannity signed a public document in Georgia in 2007 listing himself as general manager of SPMK II. He also signed government documents for loans on two of the complexes.
Andrew Pruitt stops by Vista Ridge Apartments in Gainesville, Ga., one of Fox News host Sean Hannity’s rental properties, weekly to look for scrap metal left behind by tenants who have moved out. (Aaron Davis/The Washington Post)
Hannity’s four largest apartment complexes in Georgia, with a combined 613 units, are the Meadows in Lithia buy moncler jackets Springs, Hampton Place Apartments in Perry, Vista Ridge Apartments in Gainesville and Legacy Apartment Homes in Brunswick. There were nearly four eviction filings last year for every 10 apartments in those complexes, The Post found.
Landlords statewide have sought an eviction for nearly 2 of every 10 apartments, on average, according to a Post review of the most recent five years of available information on Georgia eviction filings and census data. Court actions against tenants at Hannity’s properties stand out, Desmond said, and at one property, they were “orders of magnitude bigger” than what researchers have found in any county in Georgia.
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Records show that for residents of Hannity’s moncler outlet properties, an unpaid cleaning fee, a dispute over removing mold or a single missed payment can be the breach that leads to an eviction filing. For Zandra Cosby, it began with a bounced check.
Cosby and her wife, Lashondra Cosby, moved into Hampton Place Apartments a wooded subdivision with a pool and tennis court about 100 miles south of Atlanta in 2015, the year after a Hannity company bought the property.
moncler outlet sale Hampton Place Apartments, a sprawling complex in Perry, Ga., is one of Hannity’s four largest apartment complexes in the state. (Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post) moncler outlet sale
moncler outlet jackets For most of the next year, the couple reliably paid their $750rent on the first of the month, ledgers show. It was of no concern to them when the new property manager announced that late fees would be imposed on the 4th of each month rather than on the 15th, as they had been, or that, on orders from “corporate,” eviction papers would be filed against anyone who had not paid by the 20th. moncler outlet jackets
Then, health problems forced https://www.newmoncleroutlet.com Lashondra Cosby, 40, to take a leave from her job as a corrections officer. Soon, the Cosbys needed until the second or third week of the month to make rent, along with a $100 late fee.