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Key Money

Definition

Key money is one of several forms of payment made to a landlord. The term has various meanings in different parts of the world. It sometimes means money paid to an existing tenant who assigns a lease to a new tenant where the rent is below market. It sometimes means a bribe to a landlord. In other parts of the world, it is used synonymously with normal security deposits, which are used to cover nonpayment of rent and excessive damage to a rental unit.

Key Money

What is 'Key Money'

A payment made to a building owner, manager or landlord by a potential tenant in an attempt to secure a desired tenancy. Key money can be considered a type of deposit on a housing unit such as an apartment unit.


Key money also refers to a security deposit paid by a lessor or a lessee for a leased property.

Explaining 'Key Money'

Key money is paid by a prospective tenant to a property owner or manager in the hopes of securing a rental contract in a particular property. In certain circumstances, key money can be considered a bribe to ensure that a property coming up for rent is secured by the payer of the key money, and as such, the transaction is conducted in an unofficial manner.


Further Reading

Evaluating fashion retailers' intellectual capital: key money as a part of customer capitalEvaluating fashion retailers' intellectual capital: key money as a part of customer capital
www.emerald.com [PDF]
… Scorecard methods (SC). As previously mentioned, this paper aims at identifying financial evaluation methods of a specific component of Intellectual Capital … key money valuation is not the valuation of the tenancy; in fact it is the valuation of an economic concept, a pure …

Selection of performance objectives and key performance indicators in public–private partnership projects to achieve value for moneySelection of performance objectives and key performance indicators in public–private partnership projects to achieve value for money
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Scorecard methods (SC). As previously mentioned, this paper aims at identifying financial evaluation methods of a specific component of Intellectual Capital … key money valuation is not the valuation of the tenancy; in fact it is the valuation of an economic concept, a pure …

Responses to the financial crisis, Treasury debt, and the impact on short-term money marketsResponses to the financial crisis, Treasury debt, and the impact on short-term money markets
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… Scorecard methods (SC). As previously mentioned, this paper aims at identifying financial evaluation methods of a specific component of Intellectual Capital … key money valuation is not the valuation of the tenancy; in fact it is the valuation of an economic concept, a pure …

The Private Finance Initiative in the UK: A value for money and economic analysisThe Private Finance Initiative in the UK: A value for money and economic analysis
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… Scorecard methods (SC). As previously mentioned, this paper aims at identifying financial evaluation methods of a specific component of Intellectual Capital … key money valuation is not the valuation of the tenancy; in fact it is the valuation of an economic concept, a pure …

The financial instability hypothesisThe financial instability hypothesis
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… Scorecard methods (SC). As previously mentioned, this paper aims at identifying financial evaluation methods of a specific component of Intellectual Capital … key money valuation is not the valuation of the tenancy; in fact it is the valuation of an economic concept, a pure …


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