Editor Nayana Davis email@example.com
11:48 pm on Friday, January 25, 2013
Sean, you really give landlords a lot of power. Landlords don't want "deadbeats" even more than you don't want to live next to one. If a landlord does a background check for criminal activity, ensures that they did not have problems paying their rent in the past, and has a no-pet rental agreement, does that mean the renter won't be a deadbeat? I'd love to hear your test to detect deadbeats because I am a landlord and I do background checks, talk to past landlords, and have a no-pet policy, but I still have a deadbeat renter who is not paying her rent, has destroyed my home, has had a dog (or some animal) chew up doors and walls, and, while I've lost all of my savings and now face foreclosure on the rental property, she gets a free ride and I still wait for the courts to say that I'm allowed to have my home back (what's left of it). The real problem is not the landlords, or the pitbulls, or even the laws themselves. The real problem is that the laws that are in place are either not enforced, or at least not in a timely manner. Landlords can't just throw someone out, they have to go through a lengthy and expensive legal process while the deadbeats get free rides. By the way, I am not a deadbeat either. I have a good job, pay my bills, graduated from college, live in a nice neighborhood, and have children as well as a family pitbull. Focus on those who are doing wrong rather than the landlords or a specific breed of dog.
6:53 am on Friday, September 14, 2012
WTOP only reiterated what has been taught in MD driving schools for more than three decades (based on personal experience). Whether it was a law or not, it has always been common sense and taught as such.
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