Landlord had me mail checks to his business in business name. They were cashed. He now tells me he gave me wrong address and I need to give him the money. I already had the money taken from.account. what do I do?
Lets take this at face value for a second. Lets accept the fact that he gave you the wrong address to mail the checks, and the checks were stolen, and the checks were fraudulently cashed.
Contact your bank, and ask them to help you contact the police. File a formal police report. Why? Because either the money was stolen, or the landlord is not telling the truth. Your bank may have more information about how the checks were cashed, they might be able to contact the other bank.
But don't immediately give more money to the landlord. This sounds like sloppy business processes. The wrong address is bad. But if several checks were mailed, cashed and this went on for a while, then either the landlord failed to notice, or failed to care.
Writing another answer because there are things I can't put in comments.
You should definitely report this to the police, because something seriously illegal happened here. If the landlord is telling the truth then someone opened mail not addressed to them (illegal on its own) and then found the cheques and decided to cash them- a serious crime, and one that takes a certain amount of effort.
If this is the case it's an easy win for the police. They can probably find out who cashed the cheques, and a cross reference with people connected to the address the cheques went to should get a conviction.
But I'm skeptical, because 95% of people who get a letter addressed to a person or company who live two doors down will just take them the letter. Even fewer open it and cash a cheque not made out to them. And if he is telling the truth your landlord messed up in several ways - by giving you the wrong address, by not noticing that you had not paid, and by not going to follow up with the address he gave you.
- Get the police involved. As I said above something seriously illegal happened here.
- Tell the landlord you are going to pay him only when the police investigation is complete. Since this is all his fault he should be fine with that.
- If the police investigation shows someone else did cash the cheque then see if the bank will reimburse you. A bank should not cash a cheque except to the person it is written to.
- If the police investigation shows your landlord cashed the cheque, then he is probably going to jail and you don't need to worry.
Assuming you have some proof that he cashed them, just tell him no. If he sues or tries to evict you then you can use that proof as evidence of payment.
I am hoping you have a lease or other formal communication that specifies you should make payments to that business at that address? Definitely use that as evidence too.