I don´t think I´ve seen anyone pay by check for the last decade.
Really? I stopped renting less than two years ago and up until then, everyone I know pays rent/mortgage by check.
I am in training for becoming a slum landlord (fine Victorian profession) with one property, my tenants routinely pay by cheque so that they can be technically on time with payment but not have to actually pay the money for a few days.
Incidentally in Victorian times a cheque could be written on anything as long as the words were of the correct form. One man paid a debt by writing his cheque on the hide of an angry bull with considerable attitude, and a lawsuit ensued as the bank not unreasonably refused to accept it! Or how about the man who paid his ex-wife weekly cheques with the payee made out to "adulterer", so that the unfortunate woman had to slander herself in order to cash the cheque.
Oh those crazy Victorians.