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Re: Can landlord refuse Joint account check? YES!

Posted by dj on September 04, 2001 at 23:05:13:

In Reply to: Can landlord refuse Joint account check? posted by Mike Keith on September 04, 2001 at 22:37:17:

YES......the landlord can refuse a joint check, becuse she is not on the lease.

If the landlord starts to accept the checks and they have a fight and he leaves then she would have made a landlord /tenant connection, and would be able to take over the lease, which is exactly what the landlord is trying to avoid.

The landlord wants the 18% vacancy increase either now when she is put on the lease, or when your friend vacates

: Manhattan, rent stabilized written lease in a pre-war non-co-op non-condo building with about 25 or so apartments.

: A friend has had his girlfriend living with him for nearly two years -- his name is on the lease and hers is not. In recent months they got a joint checking account and have paid the rent with that joint-check, signed by him. For this month's rent, they sent in a joint check (this time signed by her, the non-lease holder).

: He got a call from his landlord saying that that joint check will not be accepted and to provide payment in another form.

: Can a landlord refuse legal tender?

: Thanks,

: Mike Keith

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