Tenant issued post-dated cheque as final rent settlement. Chequed bounced due to Account Closed. Is this cheating or fraud? Criminal or Civil? If Civil and SCT dont take commercial property case, where else can small unit owner get help? Thank you

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    answered on 17/03/2018

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    It is civil and potentially also criminal in nature. Regarding the latter, it may be criminal if it can be shown that the tenant had such intent to deceive and it was not an honest oversight. Regarding the former, you may wish to pursue a claim for breach of contract in the District Courts as SCT does not hear commercial property leases.

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