Is it rude to hold someone's personal check for 3 weeks before cashing/depositing it?

I accepted a personal check from a renter and then I held it for three weeks before depositing it. The check bounced and the person emailed me to notify me of alternate payment (which was good) saying it wouldn't have bounced if I had been more prompt in depositing it. That made me angry. I wouldn't normally hold a check that long, but I did and I don't consider it my fault that they didn't keep funds available for three weeks. I know I am right from a legal standpoint- but ethically- is 3 weeks too long? Was that rude?

13 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I don't understand how anyone can consider that rude or inconsiderate.

    When you write a check that amount should be removed from your balance immediately no matter when the check clears the bank. You do not have that money any longer once you have handed the check over.

    To use the excuse that you don't know what their financial situation is makes no sense. If they wrote the check to pay the rent they know that money is not available to them, no matter what their financial situation is. Now if they accidently bounced a check that is different but to say you had no right to hold the check is just ridiculous.

    My groomer is notorious for not cashing my checks sometimes for weeks. If it was a big bother I just pay her cash and don't worry about it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, it's rude. You don't know what their finances are like, how they manage bills, what their income is, when they get paid, what other checks they're waiting to clear, etc.

    If you had had my check for three weeks and it bounced, I would be calling your supervisor or whomever is above you. I balance my checkbook very well and always make sure I have reasonable funds available. However, I, like many others plan for the funds to be available in the few days to a week after the check is paid to the right person. Extra bills, groceries, miscellaneous items, etc, all cause my account to drop after a few weeks until the next paycheck appears. What I do with my money and when is none of your business.

    If you are not a responsible enough landlord to deposit a check right away, it's on you, not the renter. When we make a payment by check, we plan accordingly and generally anticipate said check to clear with in 7-10 days, not three weeks.

    Use some common sense and courtesy next time will you?

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  • 1 decade ago

    maybe not rude, perhaps inconsiderate. a vast majority of people live paycheck to paycheck. 3 weeks is a long time if you are in a tight financial situation and they probably just had to use their money. if i was the guy who wrote the check i would be upset. also, why did you hold it so long? did you procrastinate..let it slide for a while, didn't need the money right away? I mean, how hard is it to cash a check? And besides, you want the person to keep renting so why foster an inconvient situation like that for the both of you? I can bet that person hates paying rent, probably worked their butt off to make the rent money. Probably paid you on time too, then they find themselves trying to not spend their rent money while you hold their check for 3 weeks. Seems like you weren't too my opinion. Keep the renter happy by cashing their checks quickly, then they will happily pay you on time and not sneakily damage your property.

  • 1 decade ago

    I say there is nothing ethically wrong at all. It is 100% their duty to BALANCE THEIR CHECKING ACCOUNT. They should know your check hadn't cleared. If you'd done it after the 6 months, and the bank still cashed it, the bank would owe them the overdraft.

    I say: don't feel bad. If they had an interest bearing account, you probably generated a couple cents for them by not cashing it!

  • jekin
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Very rude. I would have done the same thing. They probably compare their paid bills with their bank statements to make sure the check was received and not stolen and cashed by a thief. I have had mail stolen and checks altered to a larger ammount and cashed. Fortunately by being diligent, the bank took care of it. They paid out several thousand dollars.

    Today, the checks are cleared within hours of being deposited. You can see your banking activity to the hour if you have an internet account. By doing as you did, you defeated this person of all these benefits. The law needs to be changed to stop inconsiderate, rude people like you from enableing identity theft and bank fraud.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, you can cash that check at your own convenience cause a responsible person would write off that check they wrote out to you. And balance out what they have left in their account.

    Source(s): Personal experience
  • aaron
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    it extremely is worry-unfastened banking practice to reject cheques that are over six months old to guard the payer, on the inspiration that fee might already have been made via another ability or the cheque might have been misplaced or stolen . besides the fact that, it truly is on the discretion of guy or woman banks. it truly is going to not be assumed that cheques in far greater desirable than six months old might immediately be rejected — the sole particular thank you to cancel a cheque is to request that a provide up be placed on it (besides the fact that if cheques sponsored via a Cheque assure Card won't be able to be stopped). it extremely is reported that, if conceivable, purchasers in possession of cheques that are over six months old acquire a alternative. A cheque keeps to be legally valid for 6 years.

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