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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. The landlord is entitled to the money/rent due, when owed. It is the responsibility of the tenant to make sure the funds are in the account and the check will clear. The landlord does not have to cash the check instead of depositing it or wait until a certain date to deposit it so it clears. If that was the issue, then cash should have been given to the landlord originally and a receipt could have been obtained. If the money is not paid, then the landlord can evict. I know this is not what you were hoping to hear but the landlord must have the rent when owed and if not, can take action.
Are you still looking for help with your question as I believe I have some useful information for you if you can tell me what state you are in?
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...