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Bellevue apartment owner tapped for service member charges

September 11, 2018

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has announced a settlement that will see the owner of a Bellevue apartment complex pay more than $76,500 in damages for illegally charging military service members for broken leases.

The Justice Department says Twin Creek Apartments must also pay a civil penalty of $20,000 for violating federal law by imposing lease termination charges against 65 service members. The charges ranged from $72 to $1,498 per service member.

The law prohibits landlords from charging service members an extra fee when they move due to military orders.

The settlement also prohibits Twin Creek from engaging in future violations.

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