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Security Deposit check bounced by Edward on March 8, 2019 @15:00

Tenant passed background check, signed lease (for 4/1/19 move in), paid cash for 1st month's rent and gave a personal check for security deposit.

Tenant called today to apologize, saying the check bounced (before I received notice from my bank). Offered to pay cash for security deposit.

My question is: can I withdraw the offer based on the bounced check and rent to someone else?


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Re: Security Deposit check bounced by Garry on March 8, 2019 @17:47 [ Reply ]
First of all, even though a person passed your background check, you still have just met that person, and you don't know much about them yet. For the first 3-6 months of your LL/T relationship, you should accept only cash for the deposit and rent from them. Call this person back up, and tell them they must bring you cash by March 15, and you will exchange the bounced check for the cash.(plus whatever amounts your bank charged you for the returned check) Tell them if they cannot do that, you will need to check with your local police dept. to see if it's against the law to bounce a check----in most cities or states, it is. Also tell the T that they will not get keys to the rental until the deposit is repaid in cash.

And, no, you cannot just withdraw the "offer". As long as the T offered to replace the check with cash, you must follow thru with that for a "reasonable" amount of time (1-2 weeks). The only way to get out of the lease, is if both parties agree to it, in writing. Besides, they might only be "guilty" of not managing their check book correctly, which is not a crime. It only becomes a crime when they fail to correct their mistake.

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