were you previously served with an eviction notice ? if so the lAndlords position will be that the tenancy is terminated and no further rent can be accepted. if not there must be some other piece of the story . ...
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The statement "I'll have to talk to my lawyer about that" implies that the landlord has already undertaken steps to evict you. It is not clear what stage of the eviction process the landlord is in, but I suspect that is the real reason why the landlord hasn't deposited your rent check.
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