Question: When can a manager refuse payment by check? If the name on the check does not match the resident's name can (or should) the check be refused? Should there be a park rule to back this up? If the manager refuses payment because of the name on the check and asks for a money order or cash, does that have to be in the rules? All of this stems from the concern of unauthorized residents becoming tenants simply because a manager accepts a check for space rent when they are not an approved tenant.
One of the most troubling dilemmas of park owners and managers is whether to accept rent when the resident is already in default. This can be a trap for the unwary, and can result in a waiver of the landlord's right to demand that the resident vacate the mobile home park/community.