The number of eviction orders in an apartment complex owned by Sean Hannity rose 400% after the Fox News host purchased the property for $8 million nearly four years ago, reports the Guardian. After Hannity took over the 152-unit Hampton Place apartment complex in Perry, Georgia, property managers received approval to evict 61 residents. The previous owner received approval to evict only 12 tenants in a similar period of time. Through his lawyer, Hannity is denying responsibility: "Mr. Hannity is not involved in the management of these properties. Evictions only occur after a material breach of the lease terms," says Christopher Reeves in an email. But not all of the tenants threatened with eviction were booted out.
One, for example, was allowed to stay after ponying up $300 in extra fees and a $725 monthly rent payment. "It seemed kind of harsh," the tenant says. But Georgia state law tends to favor landlords over tenants. "You can be evicted for being a single day late on your rent—regardless of whether you’ve paid on time for the past five years," attorney Lindsey Siegel tells the Guardian. "Georgia is one of the harshest states for tenants." Hannity has amassed a real estate empire with rental property valued at tens of millions in Georgia, Alabama, and South Florida, reports the Los Angeles Times. His holdings came under scrutiny after the Guardian reported recently that Hannity is linked to a group of 20 shell companies that invested an estimated $90 million on hundreds of homes over the last decade. (Read more Sean Hannity stories.)