Consent Order – United States v. Hubbard, No Joke Properties, Inc., and Pay Up, LLC (N.D. Ohio)
Anthony Hubbard owned and managed residential rental properties in and around Toledo, Ohio. DOJ received a report that Hubbard sexually harassed a female tenant. DOJ’s investigation revealed that Hubbard had, on repeated occasions since at least 2007, sexually harassed multiple female tenants by, among other things: sending them unwanted sexual text messages, videos, and photos; offering to reduce or excuse their monthly rental payments, security deposits, and utility fees in exchange for sex acts; and entering the homes of female tenants without their consent and without prior notice. DOJ filed a lawsuit against Hubbard, his mother, his brother, and two management companies – each of whom employed Hubbard as a rental manager. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio entered a consent decree on July 23, 2021. The decree requires the Defendants to pay $90,000 in monetary damages to three victims of Hubbard’s harassment, and $10,000 in civil penalties.