Kushner Companies Filed False Documents With New York City Officials

Jared Kushner

Housing Rights Initiative found the Kushner Cos. filed dozens of amended forms for the buildings mentioned in the documents, a lot of them a year to two later.

- Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 19, 2018 Slumlord Jared Kushner bought buildings in NY and then filed at least 80 false documents with the city claiming it had no rent-regulated tenants so he could raise rents, push them out and re-sell the buildings for millions of dollars of profit.

City Councilman Ritchie Torres announced Monday that his office will investigate Jared Kushner's real estate company for allegedly flouting the city code and harassing rent-stabilized tenants in almost 35 buildings.

Instead, tenants claim they were subjected to cacophonous construction at all hours and multiple other work violations, as AP notes that many such complaints were registered at Kushner-owned properties all over the city.

Bloomberg reports that while Kushner divested some of his assets when he joined the White House, his stakes in three Astoria, Queens, properties that are the focus of the AP report were not among them.

The company said it outsources the preparation of such documents to third parties and they are reviewed by independent counsel.

"As we dug deeper, we found new things with these permits", Carr said.

City Council member Ritchie Torres, who heads up the council's Committee on Oversight and Investigations, announced this morning that the committee will launch a joint investigation that looks into the prevalence of falsifying building permits, including (but not limited to) the ones found by HRI.

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He highlighted the case of three Queens buildings purchased by the Kushner Companies in 2015, which promptly lost their rent-stabilized units and were then sold in 2017 for more than 50 percent of their purchase prices.

Submitting false documents to the city's Department of Buildings for construction permits is a misdemeanour, which can carry fines of up to $25,000.

Here's what you need to know about Kushner's real estate record. Landlords who do so get off with no more than a demand from the city, sometimes a year or more later, to file an "amended" form with the correct numbers.

Kushner Cos.is also being sued by tenants in Baltimore who complained of mold and unfixed damage in their apartments along with steep late fees and harassment over debts many had already paid, according to reporting by ProPublica, the New York Times, and the Baltimore Sun. It added that the department is also ramping up its monitoring of construction, hiring 72 new inspectors under city laws recently passed to crack down on tenant harassment.

Tenant advocates say the tactic is used by landlords to avoid protections that prevent them from forcing out low-paying tenants.

Exactly how much money the Kushner Cos. earned from the buildings mentioned in the documents is unclear.

Kushner Companies, owned by President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, routinely falsified documents for several development projects in the Queens borough of New York City, according to a new report from the Associated Press. And he said his rent, which was set to increase to $3,750, was restored to $2,350.

"I still haven't gotten rid of them".

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