I'm a first time renter. In December, the management changed and up to that date I was too naive to save money orders. My mom heard the situation and warned me to save the money order stubs. I heeded her word but a couple months ago, the management is trying to say i didn't pay the rent for the December. I don't have the money order stub, but I have bank records showing I bought the balance of the rent from USPS during December, but the Land Lord is dismissing that. Do I have the legal high ground or should I just suck it up and pay?
If you have bank records showing you bought a money order in the right amount and at the right time that would help. The company that sold you the money order might be able to provide a copy for a fee. Contact a landlord tenant lawyer for further assistance. Also if you are making regular monthly payments a checking account will be easier and cheaper than buying a money order every time. Many banks will give you free checking if you do two direct deposits per month (i.e. two paychecks).
If you can show the payment was made then you have the high ground. I suggest going back to the place where the money order was issued and see if they have a record of it. They may also be able to track the payment to see if it was deposited. If you paid and can prove you paid then you are fine.
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