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Can my landlord refuse payment by check?

Having a dispute with a tenant or landlord? Rental Law discussion

Can my landlord refuse payment by check?

Postby ricard83 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:38 am

It depends on what your rental agreement is as to whether or not he has to take a check. If it states he does not accept checks, then there is no recourse for it. If your rental agreement says he accepts checks for payment then he has to accept a check. Unless, he sends you a letter or has you sign a new agreement stating otherwise.
You can go to a local bank and get a cashier's check or money order so that way you can have a copy of it. Most places charge a small fee for them however. If you do pay him in cash ask for a signed receipt from him so you have future proof that you did pay your rent.
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Can my landlord refuse payment by check?

Postby hardin » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:43 am

Think about this, if you jerk your landlord around he will probably raise the rent, so, maybe stop arguing with him.
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Can my landlord refuse payment by check?

Postby elkan80 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:44 am

You are right in demanding receipts or proof of payment. Without it, you really have no recourse.

Even with money orders, he could claim it wasn't him that cashed it, etc..., and it'd be 100 times harder to clear up than a check from your own bank.

Honestly, I'd just send him a check and tell him if he doesn't want your money, don't cash it. You have no responsibility to partake in his tax fraud. And that's what this is.

Is he providing you with the required rent paid tax form, so you can claim any property tax credit?

Friend or not, this is wrong. Step up and tell him so.
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