Posted by Liza on February 06, 1999 at 23:50:20:
In Reply to: Re: Pay by Cash!!! posted by TenantNet on January 12, 1999 at 11:09:58:
The only legitimate reason an LL would ask for cash is because so many checks bounce (a certified check should be fine). A receipt is a definite if paying cash. A cash security is usually asked for because so many people make a promise and then don't keep it, which causes all kinds of problems (time, expense and loss of other potential tenants & loss of rent).
: : You also run the risk of giving the landord the opportunity of denial of receipt of rent in the event s/he ever decided to get you out of the place. Simply because you have a lease doesn't guarantee anyone that you've kept paying your rent (if you don't have receipts. And hopefully you do. More so, hopefully you've saved EVERY one of them).
: : Chances are, your LL isn't reporting the income.
: : Keep utility bills and the likes to prove residency. Do get receipts for rent paid.
: Offer to pay by check (via certified mail). When he returns it, demand a reason (which he won't give). Then inform him the check is waiting for him. Let him take you to court and walk in and tell the judge you have the check and the LL refuses. Let the LL refuse the check in front of the judge. BUt you aren't regulated, so your lease may be in jeopardy, so you may wish to find a negotiated solution.
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