OR: Office landlord fined after trashing mortgage records in course of eviction

Eliot Njus reports:

The owners of a Northeast Portland office building have been fined after a state regulator said its cleaning service threw 30 boxes of mortgage records into an unlocked trash bin while evicting a mortgage company.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has ordered 122nd Group LLC to pay $5,000 for failing to safeguard personal identifying information. The order is subject to appeal.

According to the state’s findings, the company evicted tenant Agape Home Mortgage in Spring of 2012 after it failed to pay rent for several months, and it hired a cleaning company to clear out the office. In the process, the cleaners dumped 30 boxes of mortgage records — some containing Social Security numbers and other personal information — into a bin in the parking lot.

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