Once my rent is in the drop box, is it still my responsibility or is it the apartment complexes?

Money order was stolen out of drop box, apartment manager says im still responsible for the months rent. Am I or is it the apartment’s responsibility once the money is in the box?

Asked on July 5, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Mexico


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord or the proeprty manager is responsible for the custody and control of the drop box for paying rent at your complex then it is the landlord's responsibilty to absorb the loss of the money order that you deposited in the box to pay your rent. Hopefully you made a copy of the money order before you deposited it or at least have a receipt for it.

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