West Orange, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: Tenant wants to pay rent with section 8 voucher but previously paid in cash, do I have to accept it?

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Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Rockaway, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Your question raises the quintessential test for often determining a correct answer. Does it pass the stink test? On the surface, it would seem to indicate an un- or under- reporting rental income income on federal and state income tax returns. What would be a sustainable explanation for denying the voucher. When the tenant paid in cash, did you give the tenant paid receipts for the full rent actually received? I may advise, if you do have a valid reason, is to check with the issuer of the voucherto see whether you can reject the voucher.

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