Attorney General Charges Maryland Rentals with
Rental Listing Company Allegedly Advertised Properties That Did
BALTIMORE, MD (July
30, 2007) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced
today that the Consumer Protection Division
has charged Maryland Rentals, LLC, located at 1 East Chase Street
in Baltimore, and the company’s owner, Wanda Monroe, with
unfair and deceptive trade practices in connection with its sale
of rental listing services to consumers.
It is alleged that Maryland Rentals advertised housing for rent at attractive
prices in Baltimore newspapers. However, when consumers contacted Maryland
Rentals to rent the advertised properties, the company sold them a rental listing
service that cost between $100 and $150. According to the charges filed by
the Division, the properties advertised by Maryland Rentals did not actually
exist. Instead, they were fictitious descriptions of housing created by the
company and its owner to entice consumers to purchase their rental listing
This is the third action brought by the Division in the past
three years against companies that falsely advertised housing to
consumers in order to sell them bogus rental listing services.
In February 2005, the Division shut down Rentco Publishing, LLC,
for operating a similar scheme. Earlier this year, the Division
charged U.S. Rental Network with engaging in similar practices.
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has filed a Statement
of Charges seeking restitution for consumers harmed by the business’s
practices as well as the Division’s investigation costs and a civil penalty.
A public hearing on the charges is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 2007
at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road in
Hunt Valley. Consumers may contact the Consumer Protection Division at (410)
576-6569 if they have additional questions.