Can a Landlord Add a Note to a Check for a Late Rent Payment?
If you are wishing to clarify what the payment is being made for, you may wish to write something like "back rent for [month/year]" in the notation area of the check. You may also document the agreement for accepting late payments in a letter to the tenant. In some cases, accepting late payments will lead to a future claim by a tenant who is behind in rent that the landlord has waived objection to late payments. Therefore, you may want a letter to state that acceptance or late rent doesn't constitute a waiver of objection to late payments and that any future late payments will be cause for eviction.