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Old 06-18-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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I have an business office that I rent and the lease is in my name. I am allowed to sublet, and I sublet the office to other people on the days I am not there. I just met with someone yesterday (6/17) and she signed the month to month lease and gave me a check for the first month's rent and she'll be moving in on the first. This morning I deposited the check like I always do. When I got home there was a message from her saying that she wants to make sure that I don't cash the check until the 1st, but she is sure I know that.

It has always been my understanding that when you sign a lease and give the landlord a check, they are going to cash it immediately, that the check is a good faith action on the part of the tenant so the landlord knows they are serious and can stop showing the property. I mean, if I don't cash it now, what is to stop her from backing out, stopping payment on the check or cancelling the bank account? I had someone else who said they didn't have the money and would pay when they moved in and then they backed out two weeks later and I just can't afford to get screwed again. If anyone is a landlord and can advise, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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I'm not a landlord and have no professional knowledge to contribute, but for whatever my two cents are worth:

In your shoes, I'd expect to immediately deposit any check that hasn't been post dated. If she didn't want you to deposit it today, I think she erred by handing you a check dated 6/17.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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Thanks, that is what I thought.
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