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key money

noun
1.
advance rent or security required of a new tenant and given in exchange for the key to the house or apartment.
2.
an amount of money paid, often secretly, to a landlord, superintendent, or current tenant by a person desiring future tenancy.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for key-money

key money

noun
1.
a fee payment required from a new tenant of a house or flat before he moves in
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