Post-dated check A check that becomes payable and negotiable on a future date specified. All Rights Reserved. A check dated for one or more days after it is written. For example, if one dates a check for January 31st, and it is currently January 25th, it is a postdated check.
Can I Accept a Post Dated Check From a Tenant?
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There are both civil and criminal penalties for this unlawful act, although it is much more costly and difficult to prove a criminal case. Always consider your goal: to recover the money or punish the check writer? Civil Penalties by State. Criminal Penalties by State. Payments for COD or preexisting debt: In most cases, NSF checks are not considered under the bad check law if they are used to pay an antecedent debt. Therefore, if a debtor gives a debtor an NSF check to pay a note payment or to pay an invoice that is on account, the act generally does not fall within the bad check law. However, if the debtor provides a creditor with a NSF check for a COD order, then that act does fall within the bad check laws.
Accepting a postdated check from a tenant may seem like a surefire way to get the money that you are owed, but this does not always lead to payment and sometimes may even lead to further complications. Unless you are percent sure that the tenant can be trusted and that there will be funds to cover the check when it is ready to be cashed, it may not be a good idea to accept a postdated check. The Uniform Commercial Code states that a bank may honor a postdated check provided the check is otherwise safe to cash and the account owner has not provided the bank with "reasonable notice of the postdating. This means that a tenant may legally postdate a check to you and that you may even be able to cash it when you receive it, but if the bank has been notified of the postdating you will have to wait until the date listed on the check instrument before you may receive the funds. While it may be a crime for a tenant to write a check when there are insufficient funds in his account to cover the check, California's worthless check laws may not cover a landlord if a postdated check was accepted.
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