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Roommate Paying Rent With Check

Posted by Lydia on December 14, 2000 at 21:03:16:

I live in a rent stabilized building in NYC with my boyfriend. He is not on the lease (but my landlord knows that he is my roommate). Last month, he wrote a check for the rent and it was returned by the landlord, uncashed, with a note that said:

"We are returning your check for the rent as it is unacceptable. The primary tenant only can remit personal checks for the payment of rent. The name on the check was not the name of the primary tenant and therefore must be returned."

Is it legal for a landlord to refuse a check from a roommate? Is she required by law to only accept checks from me? Please Help.

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