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What rights do you have with the first and last months' rent?


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2005-11-05 23:24:18
2005-11-05 23:24:18

The regulations regarding all monies paid by a tenant in advance to a landlord varies greatly by state and local municipalities. In California, specifically Los Angeles county where I live, a landlord is prohibited from requiring advance payment of rent and must call it 'security deposit'. Here, a rule, effective as of 1990 (but in a moratorium as of this year!), mandates payment of interest on any and all monies held more than 12 months. And, in researching rental rights for landlord and for tenant, I have come across many variants regarding advance and deposit payments that one would need to know your location for a definitive answer!

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It is very common for a landlord/rental agency to require first and last months rent and a security/damage deposit. Check local/state renters laws to ensure your rights.

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No, you are not required to pay last months rent again. Just make sure you are not mistaking it for the security deposit. Rent and security deposits can be the same amount. Check your rental agreement for clarity. Julie

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Yes, I believe so. The security deposit is limited to 2 month's rent which is pretty much what you are asking about.

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Yes you can. Your landlord cannot use your last month's rent as security deposit and vice versa.

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Anywhere, but they will probably ask for first and last months rent, as well as extra costs.


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