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Hello there --
I wish I could tell you that you could tell your LL where they can go with this manner of payment, but the legal truth is that a LL CAN require a specific manner and method of payment from every tenant and if you do not want to do it that way there is no legal recourse that you can use to fight the LL about this. So long as the instructions from LL are clear and the method of payment is not so oppressive as to keep you from accessing it, then you have to use their preferred method of payment.
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Hello again --
You could play dumb, and you will probably get away with it for a little while. However, if they put it in writing, then that can be a legitimate correction or amendment to the lease. My suggestion here is to continue to pay it in the manner in which you have been paying it and wait until they ask you about it again and then try to discuss a method that will work for you. Many online bill pay methods through a bank actually send a check to the recipient so you may want to check with your own bank to see how they do it or if they can actually send a check to their offices to be there on the date that your rent is due.