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What is the first and last rule?


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July 24, 2007 2:50AM

The first and last rule generally means that when you move-in you are required to pay your first month rent and your last month's rent. A security deposit may also be charged. But oftentimes your landlord will work with you in making security or last month's rent deposits.

The difference between last month rent and a security deposit, both which can equal the same amount, is that the last month rent is used to apply to your last month of rent, while the security deposit is refunded to you provided you leave the apartment in good condition minus reasonable wear and tear. Your security deposit is generally not applied towards your last month's rent, especially if you did pay a last month's rent in advance.