What are my rights regarding a lost money order?

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What are my rights regarding a lost money order?

I paid my rent with 2 separate money orders. Landlord claimed he didn’t receive the 1 pymt. Both were put in mail slot on office door. I have made all my payments this way for over 4 years, never a problem. I called western union and they confirmed the money order was not cashed. I called my landlord and told him that I have to mail my receipt, a form filled out with information, and $15, to get my money refunded. I also let him know, that it could take up to 30 days for the refund. When I got home that night, there was a letter, from the landlord, that I must be out in 4 days, because I breached the rental agreement. Is this legal? I even showed him the money order receipts, with the dates and amounts.

Asked on November 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Sounds like either this is an excuse to get you out or he doesn't understand landlord tenant law.  He cannot force you out. He needs to go through the eviction process.  So at this point I would if I were you contact your state consumer protection agency  that handles landlord tenant matters and file a complaint.  In the interim, you pay him directly and make him sign a receipt.  He should be giving you receipts anyway.


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