A few years ago, I applied to rent an apartment. When my application was approved, I was told I must provide the deposit in the form of a money order.
The practical reasons for this are clear. If you’re the apartment renter, you don’t want to trust a personal check to safeguard your new relationship, and you don’t want gobs of cash lying around to attract the nasties.
But I was under the impression that cash is legal payment for Anything, meaning that I can’t sell lemonade on the street and demand payment in money orders, Green Stamps, or anything else.
It’s an issue that’s so trivial that it’s not worth fighting. (What was I gonna do? Call a cop? File suit to recover the 80 cents it took to buy a money order?) But trivial issues are bread and butter here, so I ask the Teeming Millions, can you legally contractually require non-cash payment?