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PERRY, Ga. For years, Fox News host Sean Hannity has poured his fortune into a surprising side venture: a vast portfolio of rental properties in working class neighborhoods. He described those holdings in compassionate terms when they came to light last month, saying he invests in places that “otherwise might struggle to receive such support.”

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Among the tenants Hannity’s property managers sought to evict, records show, were a former corrections officer cheap Canada Goose and her wife, who fell behind while canada goose clearance sale awaiting a disability determination; a double amputee who had lived in an apartment with her daughter for five years but did not pay on canada goose uk outlet 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.

A tenant at a subdivision in Lithia Springs, Ga., filed a handwritten response to a judge considering a request to evict her and her mother, a double amputee.

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Told of The Post’s findings, three experts said the pattern suggests that the threat of eviction is being used not just to canadian goose jacket remove tenants but also to generate revenue.

canada goose “When they are serially filing against the same tenants, they are using the courts as collection agencies,” said Susan Reif, head of the Eviction Prevention Project at the publicly funded Georgia Legal Services Program. “It appears they are just trying to increase their profit margin by demanding fees under the threat of being evicted from your home.” canada goose

buy canada goose jacket In response to questions from The Post, Hannity’s attorney said in an email that the evictions were appropriate under the canada goose factory sale circumstances and that Hannity was not involved. buy canada goose jacket

canada goose coats “Mr. Hannity is not and has never been involved in the management of these properties,” Christopher E. Reeves wrote. “Evictions only occur after a material breach of the lease terms, which under Georgia law includes the failure to pay rent when due.” canada goose coats

Hannity is a part owner of Henssler Property Management, the firm that manages the apartments, records show. The other partners are people Hannity has worked with for many years, including Reeves, who has represented him in litigation, and William G. Lako Jr., whom Hannity has identified as one of his financial advisers.

canada goose store 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 canada goose coats a limited liability company called SPMK II, was revealed this year in a disclosure required by Canada Goose Coats On Sale the Securities and Exchange Commission. canada goose store

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cheap Canada Goose Emails to Lako, New Millennium and Henssler Property Management also were returned by Reeves, who wrote, “We have no further comment.” cheap Canada Goose

canada goose black friday sale Hannity’s real estate holdings were first revealed by the Guardian last 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 canada goose uk black friday for legal work but had asked him for real estate advice. The Guardian buy canada Canada Goose Outlet goose jacket cheap also reported that eviction filings spiked at one of Hannity’s apartment complexes after he purchased it in 2014. canada goose black friday sale

“It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which, Canada Goose Jackets I am sure, those attacking me have not invested their money,” Hannity said in a statement last month.

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 of Hannity and his two children. SPMK entities have spent more than $84million on properties since 2003, most of them in Georgia, 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.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap Hannity’s four largest apartment complexes in Georgia, with a combined 613 units, are the Meadows in Lithia 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. buy canada goose jacket cheap

Canada Goose Jackets 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 uk canada goose any county in Canada Goose Outlet Georgia. Canada Goose Jackets

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canadian goose jacket 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. canadian goose jacket

canada goose deals Then, health problems forced 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 canada goose deals.