The Kushner family real estate firm was fined $ 210,000 by a New York City regulator on Monday for conducting an Associated Press investigation earlier in the year in which it routinely filed false documents with the city , in fact, it had hundreds. Separately, a watchdog group said Monday that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen engaged in the same practice, perhaps in a bolder manner, by telling the city that buildings he owned were empty, even though tax records showed that they were filled with tenants, many pension-regulated.
The city building office imposed a fine on the Kushner Cos. He filed 42 false applications for construction on more than a dozen buildings when Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner led the business. The AP report showed that the false papers allow the Kushners to avoid an additional review that was designed to prevent builders from unbearable the living conditions of low-paid, pension-regulated tenants and make them leave.
The Kushner Cos it relied on "external consultants" to prepare its applications for building permits and the errors "were corrected or become".
"In no case did the company act in defiance of the safety of our tenants," said spokeswoman Christine Taylor. "We look forward to presenting the facts to an administrative judge, and no amount is due until then."
According to the AP's report in March, the New York City Council and New York Procuratorate said they were in trouble. The US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn gave the company a summons for documents. [AP] The AP found that in three Kushner buildings in Queens, for which false building applications were filed, the tenants believed that during construction, bumps, drilled holes, dust and leaking water entered a targeted campaign to leave them. Many tenants did just that, and the number of sheltered rental-controlled units dropped sharply in just over a year, paving the way for tenants and making the buildings more valuable.
"Cohen began a targeted campaign to systematically harass tenants from their homes with destructive, dangerous and illegal construction practices, making them drastic
Cohen lawyer, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.  In a building on Henry Street in Manhattan (237), tenants raised complaints about excessive housing, according to a report by the Housing Rights Initiative Noise pollution, dust and structures beyond the city-approved perimeter, and all 20 units in the building were s Protected against special lease terms that limited rent increases and prevented tenants from being pushed out, but after construction, this number had dropped to five, making them much more attractive to potential buyers  In December 2014, about a year and a half after purchase Cohen sold it for $ 9 million, almost three times what he and his partners had paid for it. These are gross profits, but without subtraction for construction costs.
The other Cohen buildings in the report were located at Rivington Street 172 and 235 E. 27th Street, both in Manhattan.
spokesman for the Department of Buildings Joseph Soldevere said that the agency "aggressively investigated all the complaints of inappropriate design."
Soldevere said that almost all Cohen property permit applications include "tenant protection plans" to protect residents during construction.
He added that the agency issued a "stop-work" order in the building of Henry Street and imposed fines totaling $ 16,090. He said that six complaints were investigated in the other two buildings, but no violations of urban building codes were found.