Law360 (June 10, 2021, 10:00 PM EDT) -- The Senate Banking Committee's Democratic chairman told private equity firm Pretium Partners LLC on Thursday that he's "troubled" some of its portfolio companies may have bucked a federal moratorium on tenant evictions during the COVID-19 crisis and wants answers.

In a letter to the firm, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, flagged what he said were "concerning reports" that corporate landlords under Pretium's control have filed to evict more than a thousand tenants for unpaid rent, and at higher rates in majority-Black areas, despite the eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last fall.

The letter, which was addressed to Pretium CEO Don Mullen, went on to request a briefing for Brown's staff within two weeks, saying the senator wants to understand the firm's eviction policies and practices.

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