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Source:   —  August 19, 2017, at 4:16 PM

President Trump'south son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner stepped down as CEO of Kushner Companies when he joined the White House, but retains a significant financial stake in the business.

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MD Democrats are demanding a slew of records from Kushner Companies LLC after reports that its subsidiaries' apt complexes receiving public housing payments are getting judges to order the arrest of delinquent renters and making rent payments unnecessarily challenging for tenants.

President Trump'south son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner stepped down as CEO of Kushner Companies when he joined the White House, but retains a significant financial stake in the business. The firm has received $6.1 million in federal rental subsidies through the Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for three apt complexes in MD since January two thousand fifteen, according to a recent Baltimore Sunday report.

Those subsidies assistance tenants pay their rent. But the Sunday reported Kushner Companies is "the most aggressive in Maryland" in using a debt collection tactic that urges judges to arrest people who fail to show up in Ct for unpaid rent, and has sought the civil arrest of more than one hundred former tenants. The NY Times and ProPublica also recently reported Kushner Companies doesn't authorize residents to pay rent with money orders, requiring individuals and families without checking accounts to visit a local Walmart or cash express company and pay $3.50 for every transaction.

"If these reports are accurate, they lift very serious and troubling concerns about whether Kushner Companies and its subsidiaries are complying with HUD'south housing quality standards to ensure the safety and health of their own tenants," MD Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and four other MD Democrats in the House, wrote to Kushner Companies on Friday.

But the Democratic members are also interested in any communication between the president'south son-in-law and his company, or between the White House and Kushner Companies, that could reveal potential conflicts of interest.

The senators and representatives gave Kushner Companies until Sept. eight to allow the following records:

  • All housing assistance contracts with HUD or any other public housing authority
  • Standard lease agreements for each residence
  • All notifications from HUD showing any deficiencies in inspections the latest three years
  • All complaints about maintenance or repairs from residents in the latest three years
  • All communications between Kushner Companies and the White House, "including but not Ltd to communications regarding the management and resolution of Jared Kushner'south conflicts of interest"
  • All communications between Jared Kushner and Kushner Companies since Jan. twenty, the day Mr. Trump was inaugurated
  • The quantity of funding Kushner Companies and its subsidiaries has received from HUD'south housing choice program in the latest three years
  • The no of valid actions Kushner Companies has brought against its tenants in MD the latest three years

This isn't the first time Kushner'south business ties have drawn scrutiny. Kushner Companies was recently subpoenaed over its utilize of EB-5 visas, a federal investment-for-visa program, to fund developments. In May, Kushner'south sister highlighted her White House connections to potential EB-5 investors in China.

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