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Ask Curbed: Should I Pay the Security Deposit in Cash?

Here's an interesting one from our Ask Curbed Mailbag about what to do if the rental agent won't take a check for the deposit:

We have found a one-bedroom in Bensonhurst for $1100. We passed the credit check. The agent is asking for security/rent/fee in cash or money order. Is it normal for an agent not to take a check or another form of payment that involves a receipt? We don't mind paying cash if this is a legitimate transaction, but how do we know?As always, we welcome your Ask Curbed questions at Answers ahead in the comments section.
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