An apartment complex located next to Offutt Air Force Base has reached an agreement with the Justice Department to settle claims it unfairly charged 65 servicemembers termination fees when they sought to get out of their leases due to military orders.
The Department of Justice says Twin Creek Apartments charged between $72 and $1,498 to servicemembers forced to leave, because of military service.
Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), servicemembers are protected against termination fees if they are leaving for military reasons.
Offutt AFB is located in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue.
Twin Creek must pay a total of $76,516 in damages to the 65 servicemembers under the terms of the agreement. Also, Twin Creek must pay a civil penalty of $20,000 to the United States.
“The SCRA prohibits landlords from charging members of our armed forces an extra fee when they move due to military orders,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore said in a written statement. “We appreciate Twin Creek’s cooperation with the Department to reach a settlement. The Justice Department continues to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the rights of servicemembers, veterans, and their families.”