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Landlords Cannot Demand Payments by only Electronic Means

Effective January 1, 2013, Civil Code Section 1947.3 was amended, and requires that “…a landlord or a landlord’s agent shall allow a tenant to pay rent and deposit of security by at least one form of payment that is neither cash nor electronic funds transfer.”  The landlord may still demand or require cash as the exclusive form of payment for a maximum period of three months following a dishonored or bounced check, or following a tenant’s instruction to stop payment, as long as the proper notice detailed under Section 1947.3 is followed.  Parties to a rental agreement can still voluntarily agree in a lease to have payments by cash or by an electronic payment method, as long as another form of payment is also stated in the lease.

All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Michael L. Mau, Esq. & The Mau Law Firm

 
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