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Karen Krebsbach, Fargo, Published March 03 2013

Letters: No protections for ND renters

If a person was robbed on his way to pay his rent, most landlords would certainly expect to get their rent paid anyway. This is simply common sense; otherwise, landlords would be flooded with stories of robbery.

However, in the Masons’ case, the rent had already been deposited in the rental drop box, which is property owned or managed by Goldmark Realty. The time and date of the money order that was cashed proved that.

For Goldmark to put this up-and-coming young couple through the stress of an eviction notice before the company’s investigation is inexcusable. Most people are not aware of how a bad mark on a credit rating caused by just such an incident can take a very long time to rectify.

Along with Goldmark’s high percentage of the state’s filed complaints, this incident is simply one more that proves that North Dakota needs the same landlord/renter protection services that Minnesota already provides.