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Can the landlord do this?

can the landlord refuse a rent payment from a third party. if so and they decide to evict how long does the process take?
we live in tn. we also paid first and lasts months rent up front with a security deposit.
we were short for june rent. can the landlord evict us or does he have to use the lasts months rent payment for june before he can start eviction?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:22 PM on Jun. 5, 2013 in Money & Work

Answers (24)
  • Why can't the third party just give you the money and you pay the rent?

    Answer by louise2 at 6:28 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • it was a community action place that was going to pay the half we didtn have. they needed him to sign the papers saying he was accepting it and he wouldnt.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 6:31 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • No they don't have to accept it.

    Answer by funlovinlady at 6:31 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • I would imagine he can do that. Unless it says something in your lease that specifically addresses it, I would think he probably could, since the lease is an agreement that YOU will pay the rent each month. It stinks, especially since you had someone willing to help you pay it.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 6:32 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • so can they start the eviction process before utilizing the extra months rent we paid in the begining?

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 6:33 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • I think so. Because they can't throw you out right away, the eviction process is a process. It takes a few weeks, or even months sometimes, so technically you would still use up that last month's rent, even if he already started eviction proceedings. Did he tell you why he wouldn't agree to accept the payment?

    You could try fighting the eviction, if you get a letter from the agency that was going to help, showing that if he'd agreed, you would have had the rent and it would have been paid. I have no idea if you could actually win, and the landlord would probably make your life hell afterward, anyway, until you move out, but it's something to consider.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 6:37 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • He doesn't have to accept money from a community fund, as much as that sucks. Check your local laws about eviction; it varies.

    Answer by Ballad at 6:38 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • I feel like there's more to this story. Most landlords want their money & would take any kind of payment over eviction. So, either something's happened in the past, or the landlord has someone else lined up they want to rent to.

    Answer by 3libras at 6:39 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • have the third party write the check out to you then pay them from your own check or by money order.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 6:43 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • he says he wont accept the payment because the paperwork asks for too much of his peronal information...( name and social security. and what he reported on his tazes for his rentat property.) he says that he does want anyone ot look into his business. ive never heard of a landlord not accepting payment either no matter what form it is.

    weve had no problmes only been here a few months. we were short because dh switched jobs and we are still waiting for his first check. its really strange because at first they said they would take payments from us till it was paid in full then the next day he changed his mind. we have no clue why.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 6:45 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

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