My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California.
I have been in my apartmnet for a little over two years now. None of my personal checks have been dishonored by the bank and I have always paid on time (we have until the 4th day of the month to pay). I was late with the rent this month due to payroll issues and on the 7th day of the month, I received the "3 day pay or quit" notice. I paid with a personal check.
Tenants are allowed to deposit rent payments in this drop off box at our leasing office and within one to two days, the check is posted the my bank account.
To date, the landlord hasn't cashed the personal check. Of course, there is money in my account to cover the check. I am just wondering...
Can a landlord refuse a late rent payment in the form of a personal check?
I read on the State of California, Department of Consumers Affairs website the following, but it doesnt indicate late rent payments.
The landlord or landlord's agent normally cannot require you to pay rent in cash. However, the landlord or agent can require you to pay rent in cash if, within the last three months, you have paid the landlord or agent with a check that has been dishonored by the bank.
The landlord must attach a copy of the dishonored check to the notice. If the notice changes the terms of your rental agreement, the landlord must give you the proper amount of advance notice.