Is it legal for my landlord to refuse a money order if that is the specified form of payment on the lease?

UPDATED: Oct 11, 2017

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Is it legal for my landlord to refuse a money order if that is the specified form of payment on the lease?

My landlord refuses any form of payment other than cash, even though
it specifies in the lease that cash is not an acceptable form of
payment.

Asked on October 11, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A lease is a contract; the terms of a contract are legally enforceable and binding. If the terms of the lease state that you can pay by money order--and moreover, state that you *cannot* pay by cash--then your landlord must accept the money orders and cannot insist on cash. The landlord may not violate lease terms.


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