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Apartment complex no longer taking personal checks

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  It's the latest business not taking personal checks.  Tenants at the Desertbrook Apartments in Kennewick got a letter telling them to only pay with a cashiers check or money order starting next month. 

It's a move that's left some uncertain.  But upper management says it's not only designed to keep from losing money, because too often checks bounce or tenants simply don't have the funds, but also to move one step closer to online bill paying.

"I think you should be able to write a personal check where you live," says one tenant.  "I think it's a hassle for everybody and I just think it's wrong."

"We will be at the point where rent checks are going to be paid via online," explains Linda Henjum with Pinnacle Realty Management.  "So, personal checks will be going away in the near future. I can't say when."

Management also says you can get a cashiers check or money order for 35 cents or less depending on where you go.  And if this *really* is a problem for you, management will evaluate on a case by case basis.  Just contact the complex office.