Can a landlord be a Social Security Income payee?

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Can a landlord be a Social Security Income payee?

A family member was misusing my income and I wanted to change my payee. I trust my landlord and know she has my best interest in mind. Is it legal for her to be my payee?

Asked on February 11, 2012 under Business Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You can make anyone your payee but I am unsure why you would have a person who has a vested interest in your income be the payee. Consider speaking to a credit counselor (usually free in your neighborhood) and see what your options are in terms of this money. Further, you may also wish to talk to this person or get a referral to legal aid to sue the person who was misusing your income since he or she was in a fiduciary position by being the payee to your income.


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