The tenant’s lease requires him to give over post dated checks for the entire term of the lease. The current owner did not enforce this, and has allowed the tenant to pay monthly. When I purchase the apartment, I would like to enforce this and have the tenant give me post dated checks for the remainder of the lease. He does not want to do that. He maintains that since he has been paying monthly (without post dated checks) he should be allowed to continue.
Halachically, is the tenant obligated to give me post dated checks for the remainder of the lease, as I am requesting, and as he is obligated according to his current lease?

Thanks and Shabbat shalom,

Answer:

When you purchase the apartment, you do not take over the “customs” of the previous owner, and you have the right to demand a check as written into the contract. The fact that this part of the contract was not enforced by the previous owner does not obligated you.

Best wishes.

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