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Hello.Trying to understand the bizarre behaviour of my landlord:I have paid the rent late, twice, once last year and once recently. First time, I sent the check 10-15 days late, this time, unfortunately, about 35 days late. This is my fault. However, please read on:Each time the rent was paid late the landlord claims that the initial check that was sent was lost, and requests that I cancel it and send a new one. (This is the only time that my rent checks have been 'lost' at all.) I am not under eviction - for example, my lease was renewed. Is there any reason you can think of for this or should I just chalk it up to incompetency or their strange system?This question pertains to NEW YORK CITY rent stabilized apartments:
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I'm sort of scratching my head with this one as well - really the only thing (besides incompetence or just plain absentmindedness resulting in loss) is that the landlord wants to argue that you were REALLY late with payment (if he ever needs to argue that) and by having a check dated even later he can do that's. If it ever happens again you can send a letter with the new check that says something along the lines of "per your request, I have cancelled my check dated ____ and have included a new check." That way it'll be hard to argue the date on which you paid your rent. Please let me know if I've answered your question. If I have, could you please take a moment to submit a rating so that I receive credit for working with you. If you have any follow up questions I would be *happy* to answer them. Experts only get credit for the time and effort we spend on our answers if you rate positively - 5 stars is definitely appreciated but not required! It DOES NOT cost you anything at all to submit a rating; it just allows me to get credit for helping you - otherwise I get no credit at all. You CAN still ask follow up questions after rating. There may be a lag between your question and my answer; this is because I'm either not at my computer or helping someone else but I assure you I will ALWAYS come back and answer your question.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Hi Olivia
Thanks for understanding my question. Yes, it is clear that my checks are already late (which I do not recommend).
Also, this entire correspondence between me and the landlord (actually the management company, same thing I guess) is done over email so it is documented (as far as I can understand) that they are asking me to cancel the check and send another. Also, it is clear from my bank's check payment system when I initially sent the check (late, but not _as_ late).
It sure seems doubtful that the postal service failed to deliver the mail on ONLY the times I sent the check late (the first time, as I mentioned, it turned up and they accidentally tried to cash it). I guess I don't really lose anything by sending it again, I'm in the wrong anyway for sending it late?
If you have a brainwave on this one let me know. I'll check in again tomorrow and rate the question.

I was thinking that they would try to be slick and cash the other check - but then if you've cancelled it they obviously can't (or else they risk a bounced check fee if they magically are able to cancel it). It's also quite possible that they're just trying to be annoying and make you pay to cancel the check (assuming your bank charges you to cancel a check). But, I agree with you - it would be unusual if the only times they "lost" the check (or the postal service failed to deliver it) was when it was late!

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I'm not from NYC and nor do I have much experience paying checks late. Is it possible this behaviour some kind of unwritten legal custom ?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Olivia, question done. Rated. But please feel free add anything you can think of !!!

I ​*am* from NYC - and I can tell you unequivocally that it's NOT.

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