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Ground rents must go

11:15 AM EDT, November 1, 2011

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Know anyone who gets paid for doing nothing? Ground rent owners. These folks do nothing but claim their "booty" on a tax form. And it is all blessed by our politicians and lawyers.

This could be solved if ground rent owners were required to be "landlords." They should be responsible for any gases, rodent infestation, ground heaving or an old tree that falls on "my" house.

How would you feel if you paid rent for your apartment, and the landlord had no legal responsibility for the upkeep of your pad? That is exactly what happens when homeowners pay their ground rent each year.

Sadly, this process is another billboard advertising the antiquity of our system. The horse and buggy must go!

John Holter, Baltimore