Rental House Headaches
February 4, 2011 12:49 PM Subscribe
Can my landlord require that I mail rent checks to a USPS Post Office Box instead of delivering them in person or sending them Certified Mail with Signature Confirmation?
posted by ElDiabloConQueso to Law & Government (21 answers total)
All the standard YANAL type of stuff here...
First off, this is in Texas. We're renting a house through a property management company and our contact there has been a complete jerk about the rent checks and has claimed to not receive them on time, charging us a total of $145 in late fees in the first two months.
Our lease states that the checks are to be mailed to a PO box address. We've mailed the checks from the same post office where the box is located, but the "landlord" has claimed that he hasn't received them on time. We have no way of knowing when the checks were delivered and we would like to either deliver them in person or get delivery confirmation, but he is unwilling to provide us with an alternate address and claims that he is not required to do so because our lease stipulates the address for the checks to be mailed.
Are we being unreasonable or do we have a right to receipt of payment for rent?
For reference, here is the text out of the lease, which is a standard Texas Association of Relators lease:
C. Place of Payment: Unless this lease provides otherwise, Tenant will remit all amounts due to Landlord under this lease to the following person or entity at the place stated and make all payments payable to the named person or entity. Landlord may later designate, in writing, another person or place to which Tenant must remit amounts due under this lease.
Name: Evil Property Management Co. Inc.
Address: PO BOX 1111
City, TX 11111