Prince George's County Landlord Charged with Illegal Deductions and Collections
AG Gansler's Consumer Protection Division alleges damage claims were fabricated
MD ( Oct. 17, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against Ager Road Station, LLP, which owns the Ager Road Station Apartments in Hyattsville, for withholding security deposits for damages that did not exist and for using fabricated rent and damages claims to collect money from its former tenants. Robert Thacker, the property manager for the Ager Road Station Apartments, was also charged.
According to the Statement of Charges, Ager Road Station, LLP and Mr. Thacker made deductions from tenant security deposits and sought to collect purported debts for damages based upon fabricated invoices and lost rent for periods when payments were received. The Division further alleges that Ager Road and Thacker filed hundreds of lawsuits - mostly in the Circuit and District Courts for Prince George's County and Baltimore City - seeking damages in excess of $1 million from tenants for unpaid rent or damage to their apartments.
The Division alleges that Thacker and Ager Road used false invoices and testimony to obtain judgments against tenants for damages that either did not exist or were not caused by the tenants. The charges also accuse Thacker and Ager Road of violating Maryland's Security Deposit Law by failing to send required notices to tenants and improperly withholding consumers' security deposits.
The Division is seeking an injunction, as well as the payment of restitution, penalties and costs. A hearing has been set for February 21, 2012 at the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley.
For more information, consumers may call the Consumer Protection hotline at (410) 528-8662 or toll free at (888) 743-0023.