I supposed that it is, in fact, legal since the date is not intended to represent the date of the signing, but rather it is to be understood that the date indicates when the check is valid. I think you're talking about the same thing that Tinker is.
If your friend is correct, then it would also be illegal to pre-date a check which keeps someone from being able to cash it until that date.
It did clear, there was enough balance in my account, and when I brought it to the attention of my rental office, they said they would have done the honorable thing and made good any penalties that would have arisen from their oversight.
There is a down side to accepting post dated checks...
If a creditor accepts a post-dated check in exchange for merchandise or services, in many jurisdictions the seller is considered to have extended credit to the issuer of that check.
In nov 2008 I wrote 3 post dated checks one to a landlord for rent on a building two to a parts store for a revolving credit account the one to the landlord was 2400 and the two to the parts store were 3200 1600 a peice I worked all across the united states and wrote the checks because I would not be anywhere near texas in dec of 08 in the course of things my contracts got canceled "I owned a business in the oil feild" I called both of the guys involved and told them the checks would not clear and told them I would have to work something else out with them they both agreed I paid the parts store 1400 and then ran out of money I found out this month that they both turned the checks over the district atty and that I have a felony warrant out for my arrest and a 30000 bond I cannot afford a lawyer and I dont know what to do Im a single dad of a two yr old boy and If i get arrested I cant bond out everything Ive read says that post dated checks cannot be turned over to the DA however these guys did I am scared for my sons well being and dont know how to proceed can someone please help You really do need an attorney.
You should be able to get a low cost/no cost consultation with an attorney through your local legal aide society or a law school if you have one near by.