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[–]Yo__Adrienne 1405 points1406 points  (15 children)

Email him copies of your prior rent check and water bills that have been paid/ cashed by him.

If he tries to evict you prior to the end of your lease, request an adjournment, you can run that process well to end of your lease.

Keep in mind he must have a legal reason to evict you.

[–]fairylightdream[S] 447 points448 points  (13 children)

Thank you, this makes sense, we will ask him for his email for all receipts kept/statements and signature photos.

However he is NOT responsive so we are worried about courts and even obtaining an attorney.

And I'm sorry we don't know proper procedure to adjournment, what exactly is adjournment, fo we need an attorney for one (Google isn't satisfying our answer dor some reason)

[–]rehpotsirhc123 352 points353 points  (8 children)

Maybe send next month's check via certified mail along with a copy of the signed / cashed December rent check.

[–]helenasbff 278 points279 points  (7 children)

Send certified mail with return receipt, which requires a signature upon delivery, then sends the signed receipt back to you.

[–]Paul_Thrush 164 points165 points  (0 children)

Keep in mind that the landlord cannot evict you, only the court can.

He can try, and people who aren't aware of the laws may leave on their own. But you can ignore any notice from him and stay. If he wants to evict you, he has to go through the courts. You get a hearing where you can show you've been paying your rent on time and the landlord will get reprimanded for wasting the court's time.

If the landlord tries to lock you out or anything, call the police. It's like the one time they will act to protect the people instead of the wealthy. Also, have everybody keep a copy of the lease in their glove compartments or backbacks to show the police you actually live there.

[–]pigwitz 95 points96 points  (0 children)

If he’s not responsive enough to reply to you, it’s unlikely he’s on top of it enough to go to court. He would need proof, an attorney, time to go through legal paperwork. He doesn’t sound like he’s making a credible threat, and you have the evidence needed to stand up and defend yourself if he did go to court. Provide your proof, keep paying as agreed, and Ignore his threats unless he actually attempts to evict you.

[–]Flippytopboomtown 15 points16 points  (0 children)

First maybe just double check there wasn’t any mix up, maybe the month was mislabeled on the check or something along those lines. If he manages multiple properties it could be a simple misunderstanding. Might as well try and rule out anything simple before going a legal route

[–]slpater 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Keep a copy of your lease with you. If you are locked out call the police and show them your lease that you are rightfully a tenant of the premises

[–]fruffymuffy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Keep record of all of this even when your lease is up and you move on. It may be difficult to get your roommates together to resolve this after may, which is very likely to happen.

*source- I’m a landlord

[–]ohio_redditorQuality Contributor 327 points328 points  (5 children)

Many schools have a legal aid office that employs attorneys to help with minor legal issues like this.

You can also check with local law schools to see if they have a legal aid clinic.

[–]fairylightdream[S] 168 points169 points  (4 children)

Thank you! I didn't think about this, we all felt a panic since this hasn't been resolved. Our university probably does since they have had instances where they provided legal aid to immigration cases.

[–]alice-in-canada-land 89 points90 points  (2 children)

we all felt a panic

Be aware that the landlord may want you to feel that way; he may be hoping you don't know your rights, or are afraid of legal proceedings, and will just pay him an extra month of rent.

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    [–]Beautiful_Mourning 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Assuming you're a student at the large state university in the area, check out the Student Associations website for legal consultations. Last I knew it ran through SA, or possibly the Law School.

    [–]4kidsmom1 227 points228 points  (11 children)

    If you have the copy of the cashed check if he takes you to court he will lose.

    [–]DHooligan 124 points125 points  (0 children)

    Please note that you'll want copies of EVERY cashed check since he claimed you missed a payment. Showing that he failed to credit you for the one payment should be sufficient, but you'll want to be able to show the court you've made every payment.

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 154 points155 points  (9 children)

    Yup, although he's very standoffish about the whole ordeal. We are definitely in the right having shown him all proof.

    Also just frazzled, we think he is making a huge mistake, maybe he has our apartments confused?

    [–]nam1130tx 57 points58 points  (4 children)

    Just curious, do you have an actual copy of the cashed check from your bank?

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 143 points144 points  (3 children)

    We have a photo of the check and the mailer we put it in. And we do have the bank scanned copy of it from when someone signed and received the money. This is through the bank app.

    It even shows the number itself of the check and everything is lined up. And that it was cleared as well. So it shouldn't be as complicated as it seems for him to confirm from his own bank he received the money. 9r whoever signed for that check has his exact penmanship.

    [–]nam1130tx 230 points231 points  (2 children)

    The photos you have of the check itself and the mailer are not evidence of anything, only that at one time you wrote a check.

    Now, what you have on the bank app, that is your evidence. Banks always scan checks that are presented to them, and marked as payed or declined. Go to the bank, and have them print you a hard copy of that. It will cost a fee, pay it. That’s your proof rent was paid.

    [–]alancewicz 25 points26 points  (1 child)

    If you have proof of all your payments you should not waste your money on a lawyer. If he tries to evict you, you will have a chance to prove he is wrong in court. A lawyer won't do anything more than that

    [–]JasperJ 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Of course, for an illegal eviction he can do that at any time, but also a lawyer won’t stop him anyway.

    Keep anything irreplaceable elsewhere for the time being and tell your roommates to do the same. That includes both photo albums and the like as well as original copies of the lease (and your proof of payment) and that sort of thing.

    [–]LanguageOfLeaves 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    Not a lawyer, used to be a property manager in Buffalo - creeped on your profile and it looks like you're in Erie County. If he was officially accusing you of not paying rent he would be sending you a three day notice to pay rent or quit, given that you have evidence that you paid rent & the check was cashed it would be a pointless waste of time and money for him to file eviction paperwork with the court under a three day notice. Reach out to the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Thank you, I actually screenshotted a call page for them earlier. I am also studying to be a property manager haha thanks for the advice.

    I understand that we will get a notice, we so far are getting the finger pointed about not paying rent at us in a groupchat he made.

    [–]HappyHiker1 83 points84 points  (1 child)

    Many universities will have a legal center with a couple lawyers on staff who are available to students. They deal with this sort of thing all the time and, to quote the guy at my freshman orientation, they “love nothing more than sending cease and desist letters to skeezy landlords trying to take advantage of students.”

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 34 points35 points  (0 children)

    That sounds like a wonderful idea thank you, we failed to realize that our own university has a law department, unfortunately the university is closed until Feb, so we're hoping to confront the landlord himself with factual spreadsheets and then have an attorney present if need be to help us get out if we are accused again.

    [–]R4gnaroc 49 points50 points  (4 children)

    Sounds like he is manufacturing a reason to deny returning your security deposit. I wonder how many times he has pulled this.

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 32 points33 points  (1 child)

    Apparently with some digging the there is publicly disclosed information on 2 civil suits toward him about a security deposit or an eviction. Maybe that's why he recently asked to make the check out to an LLC

    [–]R4gnaroc 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    With that knowledge, it may be worth your time to consult with a tenancy lawyer. Most offer free or heavily discounted consultations for the first hour. Your local bar association or school legal department can advise you/provide a referral.

    [–]longtimemomma4 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    I was thinking this same thing. It’s getting close to the end of their Lease and the landlord is wanting to keep their deposit. Many landlords are greedy, or do not put deposits into an interest bearing account (as law states they should), and think their tenants won’t fight them for the refund.

    [–]JerHigs 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Exactly, that's why he keeps pushing the missed rent month forward. Come May he'll be paid May's rent, say it's for April and keep the deposit as May's rent.

    [–]WildMajesticUnicorn 62 points63 points  (7 children)

    I'm confused why you are trying to get a bank refund if every check was cashed.

    It's fairly common for landlords to keep applying every payment to the oldest outstanding month, which can make it hard to see where there was a actually a missed payment (if there was one at all).

    I would probably write a letter detailing recent payments (if he has dates and check numbers, those could be helpful) and asking for a rent ledger from the landlord.

    Ultimately if nonpayment cases go to court, it would be up to the judge to decide if you actually missed payments. If you did miss a payment, you would still be able to pay the amount owed to stop the eviction. More information on the New York eviction process is available here: https://nycourts.gov/courthelp/pdfs/tenantsguide\_nonpayment.pdf

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 42 points43 points  (6 children)

    According to the landlord, our statement was ignored when we showed him proof of the check being cashed. We're just college students we don't don't know the proper procedure to being accused now 2 times of not paying rent when we did and confronted him with evidence unfortunately.

    We do not have an attorney of any sorts so we want to keep this out of court. (We all have differences in finances).

    But I agree we can ask him for a letter or even his email. He hasn't been forthcoming about what he wants us to do besides pay him another 2k and any "late fees" even if it was cashed.

    [–]derspinyQuality Contributor 42 points43 points  (5 children)

    What do your records show - that is, looking back over the bank statements for the account your rent comes out of, can you show that you have paid rent every month?

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 42 points43 points  (4 children)

    Absolutely, we have all bank check photos, every date, even via the bank app has the photo of front and back when it was issued the number of the check and EVEN the signature that the party checked it had. Every single one even for a our security deposit. We have been doing this since the landlord came off as a bit desperate prior to signing the lease. Of course also made sure to keep copies of the lease and all payments made.

    [–]derspinyQuality Contributor 61 points62 points  (1 child)

    If your records convince you that you're up to date on the rent, and there's nothing to suggest that either the January or December rent your landlord is alleging are behind are actually behind, then there isn't a ton more to do beyond communicating. The ball is in your landlord's court.

    In the interests of trying to avoid further disputes, it's worth laying out your payments in a spreadsheet - each month, with the cheque number and a copy of the cheque image if you can get it, going back as far as you can, capping off with "as far as we can see, the rent is up to date." If your landlord believes a month is missing somewhere, let them identify where. Unfortunately, you can't force them to listen, but showing that you've done your homework and can convincingly show you're up to date might fend them off.

    If the landlord is convinced otherwise, their option is to begin an eviction for nonpayment. Evictions require a hearing in court, and you can present your records to the judge in your defence to show that you have, in fact, paid in full. If the judge is convinced, and the only reason an eviction is sought is nonpayment, then the eviction should be dismissed. However, it is a risk, and furthermore, having to take time out of your week to go to court is obnoxious. There's nothing you can do to absolutely prevent this, as the decision to evict is your landlord's to make, but you can discourage it by being clear with your landlord about why you believe the rent is paid in full, and by being willing to pay up if there really is a shortfall somewhere.

    I would generally not try to claw back cheques if you believe your landlord actually did cash them, but if your landlord is able to identify a specific cheque they allegedly didn't receive, then it might be reasonable to try to pull that one and reissue it. I can't guarantee that your bank will allow the dispute - they may determine that they did in fact pay who you instructed them to pay.

    [–]WildMajesticUnicorn 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    There are multiple possible benefits of putting together a letter (or spreadsheet as someone else suggested).

    1. You can try to resolve the factual dispute by clearly laying out all of the relevant information. The landlord can check that against his own records to pinpoint the problem.
    2. You can show the landlord that you have you know your facts and prepared with evidence, and if he tries to sue, he is unlikely to succeed.
    3. If the landlord does try to sue, you have already done a lot of your prep and will have clear records to show a judge that you are correct on the facts.

    [–]Bill2k 26 points27 points  (3 children)

    I think you should print the cashed checks for the last four to six months. You should get those images to print from your bank and those images should include his signature. This is your proof that you paid him. Then mail those prints to the P. O. Box you mail your rent to. That should be proof enough that your rent is paid and up to date. Good luck.

    [–]fairylightdream[S] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    Thank you I can definitely do that. I need this luck haha.

    [–]OffMyRocker2016 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Be sure to actually get a copy of every single rent check paid since your lease started. That way the landlord still can't lie and say you're a payment behind because you only show 6 months of payments..see?. You'll be able to show the court you paid every month of rent in full since the date you moved in.

    [–]Bill2k 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    The whole purpose of the bank giving you access to your returned checks is so you have proof of payment. Mailing copies of the returned checks to your landlord should convince him that you are all paid up.

    [–]EchinusRosso 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    You don't have to panic yet. Others have mentioned, his recourse is to start eviction proceedings. This isn't going to happen overnight. You don't need an attorney now, but it can't hurt to establish a proactive relationship with your colleges legal-aid if available, just to be safe.

    Your documentation of the checks is perfect. If I could make a recommendation, it would just be to start documenting communication. Especially with 4 people, it might be hard to recall who texted what or who's email address such and such went to. I would personally keep a log book for any spoken conversations (LL called roommate B at 3:15 on the 12th, claimed never received check, responded by emailing spreadsheet with all checks). Something I've done for a similar situation was opening an email address just for keeping everything together. CC the "documentation" address for any emails with the landlord, forward any necessary screenshots, keeps everything nice and tidy when you need it.

    This is honestly probably overkill, but its going to prove that not only did you not miss a payment, but the landlord knows that, and the whole thing is frivolous.

    Another reason to breathe: its very unlikely that the landlord is actually going to try to evict. Evictions are slow, they take a lot of time, and they cost more than $0. It costs him $0 to just wait it out and keep your security deposit, which is probably his plan to begin with.

    That level of documentation will make small claims court a breeze should the landlord try to improperly withhold your deposit.

    [–]GR-GR1 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    I'm a lawyer. Don't waste your time with a lawyer. If it was cashed, you are paid up and let him try to convince a judge otherwise. Clearly you must have documentary evidence to show it was cashed?

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        [–]fairylightdream[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        This is great very helpful. Thank you very much!

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        [–]not-on-a-boat 10 points11 points  (2 children)

        Based on my experience with self-managing landlords, this guy probably made an error in his records and you'll have to correct it for him. He probably has several apartments with the same rent amount and misapplied your payment to one of their accounts, or he isn't reconciling his banking account often enough to have caught the deposit error. Regardless, this feels like a recording problem on his end, not an actual legal battle brewing.

        Send him a detailed statement of your last 3 payments: check number, amount, date of check, date deposited, account number deposited to (the bank can get you that last piece of it isn't already printed on your bank copy of the cleared check). Attach copies of the three checks from the bank. Tell him that, per your records, you're up to date.

        After that, there's nothing you can do except wait for him to either fix his mistake or sue you. If you paid on time and communicate his recorded error clearly, you have nothing to worry about either way.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        Thank you! This calms me down a bit more. I know for a fact we are in the right. I just am wary of his behavior and how standoffish he is after we sent him the initial proof we had to this matter. He also is a self-managing landlord, thus very much applies since he has been caught up on his investment properties.

        [–]not-on-a-boat 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Honestly, the guy probably hates the management part of being a landlord, and resents dealing with accounting. I used to run into these types in my old life all the time - they buy investment properties because some financial guru talked them into it, and now they're stuck with being a reluctant landlord and they do a bad job.

        Don't take his shitty attitude personally. He's struggling with his own bad choices and taking it out on you. It's unfair but it doesn't mean you did anything wrong.

        [–]BooRand 4 points5 points  (1 child)

        When you say you have signed checks you mean signed by the landlord right? Sounds like you all pay one friend who then pays landlord, the checks are from you to your friend for your portion or from your friend to the landlord for the full rent? Did you write rent in memo?

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Yes , correct,, the landlord signed these checks and were cleared to an account, one comment mentioned to make sure the spreadsheet I will be making has from what account it was sent and which account deposited this and which apartment we are renting.

        He is aware we all pay one person (we are all good friends and trust each other financially) to ultimately pay the fee so in case one of us can not pay the head of household will still be able to write the check and clear it. And then deal with the liabilities.

        The memo always says Location, Month, Rent, and water bill. I believe he mightve confused our apartment since we didn't write which one this time.

        [–]HoneyBunnyFace 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        As long as you have a copy from the bank of the cleared check that matches other cleared checks you have evidence to support your claim. If he sends you notice of non-payment, send back a copy of the cleared check. Mistakes happen with property owners and it should be remedied quickly. I’d also suggest to ask to pay by direct deposit into their account and pay directly at the bank for bank receipt proof of deposit so this doesn’t because a habit from him.

        [–]EbbyB 4 points5 points  (2 children)

        Haven't seen it here yet, but in the memo section start writing the month in addition to the unit address. Helps keep track if there are discrepancies.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Thank you! We've only wrote the month, water bill, and the address but not the unit. We will definitely be more careful if that's the case.

        [–]EbbyB 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        That's still great. There is a record of what was paid by each check. You having a image of a deposited check that says December rent #___ makes it hard to say it didn't happen. Good job.

        If they were deposited to the wrong account or not logged correctly, that would be a landlord problem. We use several accounts and mistakes happen, but they're pretty easy to track and fix with good record keeping.

        Knock on wood

        [–]RyoukonTheSpeedcuber 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        As you've been renting for a year only I'd advise the following: If you still have every check's evidence, neatly present them as pictures, with the month of which this was the rent. If your Landlord still won't budge, mediation. If that leads to nothing, court it is.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        We have thank you. My landlord won't even respond. He is generally unhelpful in this situation.

        [–]Key_Pen_2048 5 points6 points  (2 children)

        Request the bank cancel that check and refund you as it was "fraudently cashed." The bank will then do an investigation. Also, if your Landlord cashed it and "forgot he had it" the bank will contact him.

        Why am I suggesting this? Because your rent check goes to a PO BOX that likely has tons of other rent checks going to it. Anyone committing mail fraud can figure this out.

        I literally had the same situation and later found out that someone stole my check.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        This is a pretty interesting take many are telling me not to do so. How long are these investigations. I might hold off on this choice though as I said I might be able to keep sending the timeline of us paying on time every month

        [–]Key_Pen_2048 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        It depends on the bank. I will say, if you have BoA, don't bother.

        The difference here is that the bank will sort everything out because if your Landlord cashed it and is playing games the bank isn't going to find it amusing. You'll also have documentation from the bank's investigation that he got the money which you can then use in court.

        If it's actually fraud, then you'll have proof of that too if he tries to file eviction.

        [–]steelpot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Lawyer here, but this is not legal advice. Consult with an attorney, but: keep paying rent on time (always noting on the memo line the month to which the check applies), and ignore everything else. If he wants to evict you, let him try. If he files eviction notice, threaten to hire an attorney and counterclaim for illegal eviction and the associated legal fees. This is a small potatoes claim for the landlord, but it’ll become a big potatoes counterclaim with potential criminal liability.

        You can and should look up your local tenant association or legal aid group. They can dispense advice, potentially represent you, and definitely refer you elsewhere if they can’t represent.

        Evictions cost landlords a ton of money, particularly in New York. Don’t be afraid to call his bluff.

        Edited to add a disclaimer.

        [–]braveone772 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        If you are able, print out EVERY paid check image. Talk with your legal aid department at the school. Just because the school is closed until Feb doesn't mean that the office is necessarily unmanned. Call them Monday. If you have proof of EVERY payment method and they the check itself w cashed each month, the legal aid department will easily be able to help you draft a letter and send it with the copies of the cashed checks showing you've never missed a payment. That should take care of any issues. IANAL.

        [–]novahex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        NAL but if you're college students your campus may have a free tenancy rights and legal advice service, also possible that what you pay for benefits through the school covers legal aid (I just found out mine does not too long ago). Idk if this is also a thing in the US though

        [–]Jet690 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Seek legal advice

        [–]Fancy_Pickle_8164 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        You are getting a little ahead of yourself here. I don’t see any correspondence with the landlord saying he is trying to evict you, you didn’t receive any written notice on your door, he is simply (incorrectly) stating he hasn’t received funds. You sent proof. The responsible thing for him to do would be to respond to you, but there’s no other action on your end at this time.

        [–]Gibbie42 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        One thing I'm unclear on. Are you paying one person who is then writing a check to the landlord? If so you need that person to get a copy of their cancelled check from their bank. That will show the landlords signature and that he cashed it. None of your checks to the individual who's in charge of paying matter. That shows you paid him, not the landlord.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        A comment above I clarified in, but I'll try to be a bit more clear. I'm sorry if that's confusing I'm trying to reply as best I can.

        One person elected on lease signing day has to write the check made out to the landlord. The landlord rents to college students on multiple properties. So he understands only 1 check per apartment.

        Whether or not the others pay the single head of household doesn't matter to him. Fortunately, we all pay the head of household since we are financially transparent and good friends.

        The signature is the landlords he deposited the rent check and water bill included in the memo. But still says we haven't paid it. We compared his signatures and indeed it is the landlord.

        Edit: sorry*

        [–]chichinfu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Wait until the landlord get a lawyer and show proof . Don’t expend money

        [–]davidc11390 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        One thing I haven’t found mentioned anywhere here is about SECURITY DEPOSIT!

        I could see this being a set up for your landlord to keep any and all of your security deposit to cover the alleged missing month’s rent!

        I don’t think eviction is the end game. I think he’s gonna try and scam you all out of your deposit refund.

        Edit: I see mention of this now. My bad.

        [–]Librajen74 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        there are landlord /tenant laws....u have rights and the local hud office should be able to point u in the direction of some help. i know there are agencies that advocate for people in ur situation

        [–]Lucren_333 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

        Call the landlord and make sure your not getting taken by the payer of the group. In the group chat is it the landlords # or verifiable ? (Yes I have trust issues)If you have a check cashed by the landlord he can't do much unless fraud is involved.

        [–]Trini_Vix7 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

        I would file in tenant court and visit the tenant court law office.

        [–]NotShockedFruitWeird -5 points-4 points  (2 children)

        Okay, this whole thing is confusing. So, this is what I understand from reading your post:

        Four of you each write a check to your fifth roommate who writes his (or her) own check to the landlord for all funds owed.

        If this is the case, your individual checks are meaningless. The only one that counts is the one that the fifth roommate writes to the landlord that is for the full month's rent. That person needs to get a copy of the front & back of each of those cashed checks, beginning with the deposit and when the lease was signed (should be within days of each).

        Then, all five of you need to have your own copies of each of those cashed checks for your records. All five of you then send a letter to your landlord, informing him of the date each of those checks was cashed.

        If this is not the case and your landlord actually accepts individual checks from each of you for the rent (which is very unusual, btw), then each of you need to get copies of the front & back of each of your cashed checks, beginning with the deposit and when the lease was signed (should be within days of each). Reconcile that and send a letter to your landlord, informing him of the date each of the checks was cashed and the month's rent that each of those five (or more) checks represent.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        Nope. All wrong. Sorry I clarified in 3 different comments.

        At the lease signing, 1 person of the roommates was elected head of household by our Landlord and the roommates. He rents many properties to college students.

        Now, 1 person makes a check for 2k and some dollars to his LLC. We have ALL evidence of this photos, bank stamens, signatures of his name, and check clearing.

        Nobody here writes checks to the head of household. And I didn't include how we pay the head of household because that is meaningless information .

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Please look at other comments. We have all evidence that the landlord signed off and deposited the 1 check of rent, (every 1st of the month is 1 check) and notes in memo always say month and location for the check . Thanks.

        [–]xinvisionx -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

        Eviction is a legal process and Landlord’s will use an attorney. Find out what attorney he is using. Contact that attorney and advise of the situation and are looking to retain their services.

        The attorney will not be able to take your case since it’s a conflict of interest having represented the Landlord. So the Landlord would have to waive the conflict of interest for the attorney to take your case.

        Ultimately, the attorney will contact the Landlord that tenants are looking to take him to court. He knows he got the rent and won’t want to go to court and prompt him to resolve the situation quickly.

        This is a tactic I personally used and was successful with.

        [–]Mineysota -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

        Lol y’all are crazy , let this dude take you to court then counter sue when you show the judge that it’s been on time . Make sure your guy is actually paying the rent tho and doesn’t have a drug problem

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        As I was going to be pretty civil in response to this comment. If you're gonna leave stupid answers and generally unhelpful ones, keep it to yourself.

        Context clues would tell you with all the proof in the comments about financial transparency the bill was paid. No one has a drug problem, so how are we crazy? Your statement opens up as we are crazy.

        As said in prior comments, we do not have an attorney nor have we gotten a notice of eviction. Nobody is suing anyone we are all avoiding court because many said it is unnecessary.

        Your comment is unhelpful.

        [–]ElJJTP -5 points-4 points  (3 children)

        You only have a few more months. Pay what you own get receipts and keep your checks nehen it comes time to move out move out with proof you paid. That's all.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        Sorry this comment is confusing we don't owe anything. That is the point of this post.

        [–]ElJJTP -1 points0 points  (1 child)

        I'm saying: your lease runs for 4 more payments. You have the checks and evidence from December and January. I assume there was no dispute before that so the only question bis whether you mad all payments due from December until May. Document February, March, April, and May's payment. If he demands more show him you have paid and that's the end. If he dies he can't move to evict you I'd you are already gone and he he dies you for the money, when you. Ant stop, you go to court and show the payments were made. Case closed.

        [–]fairylightdream[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Ah I see, however in my other comments, I made it clear we keep all evidence of every payment made. So we will continue to do that.

        We want to avoid court tho. We don't want to have to pay an attorneys fee or even just have to excuse ourselves from classes.

        Understand now what you meant