Who do I pay my rent to if my landlord is trying to fire the property management company?

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Who do I pay my rent to if my landlord is trying to fire the property management company?

I am currently a tenant. The owner of this house has been trying to get rid of the current property management company for over a month now. I have a written letter mailed to me by the owner indicating a change in who I make the monthly payments to, specifically to her LLC and no longer to the property company. The property management company, however, is telling me that I am in violation of the lease (and late payments, etc.) if I do not make the check out to their company. Who do I make the check out to – the homeowner or the property management company?

Asked on April 26, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Nevada

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Whom does the lease indicate you should pay? If the lease specifically says to pay the landlord, pay the landlord; if it specifically says to pay the management company, pay the management company.

Of the lease does not in so many words state to whom you send the check, with whom is the lease made? In the absence of any other direction, you'd pay the party who leased to you. If it's the landlord who is the other party to the lease and who made the lease with you, pay the landlord; if it's the property manager, pay the property manager.

The lease is a contract; your obligation is to honor the terms of the contract. You should make sure that you document all payments, including proof of payment (e.g. keep copies of cancelled checks, money order receipts, etc.--and do not pay by cash).


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