Your rental agreement should clearly outline who you should make your rent checks payable to.
Make sure you get a receipt, and save a copy of your canceled checks. This way you will have proof you paid your rent.
It is not uncommon for the rent checks to be made to a party other than the owner of the property . I rented an apratment once, where the complex was owned by a group of investors,my rent checks were made payable to the property managment company.
No need to worry.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
However, it can be OK. The LLC can direct that you make the check to whomever it wishes. For instance, there might be a property management company, and you'd make the check to the manager, not the LLC. So the owner and the check recipient can be two different people or entities.
Follow the directions on the lease. If the lease says to make the check to the daughter, then--according to the terms of the lease--that's the person who receives the check. (Again, confirm with a lawyer.)
The owner and his daughter are also at risk, even if nothing fishy is going on. The reason is that there are certain obligations that an LLC must conform to. Otherwise, it's possible to "pierce the veil" of the LLC--basically meaning that the protections of the LLC vanish. And if the property is owned by the LLC but you're writing a check to someone individually, then the LLC is weakening its position or value as an LLC.
It's also possible that the LLC is trying to engage in some questionable activities--perhaps showing a paper loss for tax purposes when in fact it's making a profit. (Not too much advantage to that, since most LLC profits or losses flow directly to the owners' tax returns. Still . . . ) However, that would be their problem (with taxes and the IRS), not yours. Keep your nose clean. Pay your rent per the terms of the lease. And check with a lawyer for confirmation.
Hope that helps.
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