Can my landlord charge me twice for rent if I place my money orders in their drop box and they were stolen?

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Can my landlord charge me twice for rent if I place my money orders in their drop box and they were stolen?

I gave the landlord the receipts for the money orders and they had opened a case with the police department. They do not deny that the money orders were in their possession.

Asked on January 1, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your landlord can try and charge you double rent for the money orders that apparently were stolen after being place din the landlord's possession. Whether the landlord does such based upon the facts that you have written remains to be seen.

Assuming that the landlord does try and charge you for rent after you paid it where the money orders received by him or her were stolen, you would have a very good defense that you in fact had paid the rent and the payment was received by the landlord where someone took the payment from him or her.


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