Posted by Unstoppable Ed on August 18, 2000 at 17:29:48:
In Reply to: Landlord bounced my checks posted by Lady on August 18, 2000 at 09:53:54:
I'm not certain of the legalities of writing (or accepting) a post-dated
check. But it's always been a bad idea, because banks will routinely put
the check through regardless of its date leaving the check writer (or payee)
holding the bag.
And there really is no reason to write postdated checks anymore. In the
past people might have wrote them to cover the rent while they were, say, on
a long vacation. Today you can easily set up an online bill payment with
your bank to issue a check to your landlord in the exact amount and date
that you specify.
In stating, "I don't know whether to take him to court or not. I don't want
to lose time from work. Also I don't want to lose my apartment since I pay
low rent..." you basically answered your own question. Apparently your
landlord does not mind charging a "low rent" but does not consider paying a
tenant's bank fees to be a reasonable expense. Better to just accept the
loss and stay where you are than hashing this out in court.
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