Posted by Ken on December 14, 2000 at 22:46:49:
In Reply to: Roommate Paying Rent With Check posted by Lydia on December 14, 2000 at 21:03:16:
Your landlord was right to return the check. He rented the apartment to you, and under rent stabilization laws that apartment must be your primary residence. Accepting multiple checks from a non-leaseholder could bring on various complications; for example, the check-writer could claim rights to a renewal using based upon the fact that they occupy the apartment and send the payment.
Complicated, yes. Bewildering, at times -- thats rent stabilization in NYC for you.
: 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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