Dover apartment owner settles false advertising case

DOVER — More than 700 tenants of two apartment complexes will receive a combined $75,000 as a result of false advertising.

The Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday the owners of Alder Park and Pine Grove Apartments promoted a swimming pool that was not operational for a long period of time.

As a result, the Division of Fraud and Consumer Protection entered into an agreement with Dover Investors L.P. and Trinity Property Group LLC to provide funds for residents.

Individuals who signed leases between Aug. 24, 2011, and Feb. 16, 2014, are eligible for restitution. Payment will delivered as a credit against a tenant’s outstanding balance as of Oct. 30, 2014, or as cash if the resident did not owe any money.

Checks will be mailed this week.

The companies also agreed to pay $25,000 in civil penalties and $8,000 in lawyers’ fees, with the fines suspended as long as the businesses do not utilize false advertising again.

“Businesses need to carefully ensure their advertisements reflect the actual goods and services they provide,” Attorney General Matt Denn said.

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