1 second late is enough for a landlord to proceed to eviction. However, if the landlord accepted the payment, you may have a defense (payment) to the eviction. Bring copies of any checks and bank statements showing the check was cashed.
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Like most questions involving landlord-tenant law, the answer depends on what your lease says.
Many leases say that rent is due on the first of the month, late after the close of business on the first, and late fees start on the 3rd. Unless the lease says otherwise, a landlord is not required to take late rent. However, you should carefully read your lease to see exactly what you agreed to. I've seen leases that explicitly give the tenant the right to make late rent payments.