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Hello all landlords...

I wanted to ask this question and hopefully I get an honest answer.  I've been living in this duplex for 20 years without problem.  Recently we had a city inspection and I had to point out a very serious problem to the inspector.  I did give my landlord an opportunity to fix it a month prior, but she apparently forgot or didn't care.  Now she's pissed off at me.

I always put my rent check in her mail slot on the day it's due. I'm nervous that she'll say didn't get it.  Should I send it registered mail?

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Sending it registered mail would delay its arrival and would only show evidence that you sent something to the landlord, not necessarily what was in the envelope.  Does your lease specify how payment is to be sent/made?   If you are really nervous about it, have a third party witness you writing the check and dropping it into the mail slot.

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You obviously should change the method of payment.

For this purpose you need to check your lease first, cause it could state acceptable methods of payments. If those methods aren't mentioned, you may offer your landlord to pay rent in different way. 

I suppose you to pay rent with the help of electronic deposit or credit card.

In first case you can set up an electronic transfer directly to your landlord's bank account. You and the landlord can check online to ensure the transfer has been made. Since payment process is tracked electronically, there's no need for a hand-written receipt.

The second variant - you need to sign up for a card that offers perks, and then send funds to the landlord's account. Theses transactions also don’t need a personal receipt.


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2 issues with those types of payments.

1 Paying by electronic transfer - you need the landlord's account information to set this up.  He may not want to give this to you.  No one wants the chance of having their account hacked.  Some landlords also complain that they don't want tenant to do direct deposits for the same reason that they don't take payments for a year ahead.  If it is deposited, they don't have a way to reject the rent so they can evict.  If a tenant has been told to vacate and given proper notice to move out, a landlord would want to refuse rent.  If paid, it is tacit approval of the landlords permission to stay.

2.  Credit card acceptance often has fees associated with it.  Sometimes the fees can be pretty steep.  Even at a nominal 2% fee , on a $1000/month rent, the fees are $240 a year.  Who pays those fees?  The tenant?  The landlord isn't like a major retailer who can make up this deficit with volume.  Even Paypal has fees if it isn't transferred the correct way.  The landlord won't want to eat these fees.
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