The New York City Housing Authority is trying to sue President Trump’s father Fred for less than $2,000, claiming he owes the city for rent subsidy overpayments. Fred died 18 years ago.
NYCHA filed the lawsuit against the Trump patriarch and one of his former real estate firms last month, the New York Daily News reported. The agency argues he owes the city a total of $1,689.40 for three months of Section 8 subsidies that were accidentally paid for a tenant in a building in Sheepshead Bay between 2011 and 2012, according to the publication.
Trump and his firm Sea Isle didn’t own the building at the time, so the payments were likely a clerical error. Trump died in 1999, and his children sold the building in 2003, the newspaper reported, citing records. The complaint was filed last month in Manhattan Civil Court by a collection agency.
However, the current owner of the building, BQ Cam Coops, said it will pay the debt. “This has nothing to do with Fred Trump,” a BQ Cam spokeswoman told the paper. The Trump Organization did not comment.
The Trump administration is proposing a 68 percent cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is expected to cost NYCHA more than $200 million.
Last month, Trump selected Lynne Patton, Eric Trump’s wedding planner with no housing policy experience, to head the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region II, which covers New York and New Jersey. [NYDN] — Miriam Hall