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A security deposit does not take the place of rent, even though landlords will keep the security deposit if a tenant leaves the apartment owing rent. If the tenant does not pay the last month's rent, the landlord can sue for eviction. In other words, if you do not pay rent within this 5 days, the landlord can then file suit against you to evict you, and you would have the right to answer the lawsuit, and then there would have to be a hearing. If the court found that the landlord was justified in evicting you, then the court would issue an "Order" of eviction, after which you would have to leave the home. That process normally takes at least a few weeks from the time a landlord files suit, though.That said, if you and the landlord agree to use the security deposit for the rent owed, you can do that. I would encourage you to get any such agreement in writing.If you need clarification about my answer or additional information, please use the SEND or REPLY button to continue our conversation. Your satisfaction is my goal and I am here to help!Please remember to kindly leave a positive rating for me by clicking on the stars, as that is the only way experts are paid for their time even though you may have already paid a deposit to the site. Follow-up questions asked in this thread do not cost anything additional after leaving a positive rating. Thank you!
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