What does escrow mean?

When someone says "rent in escrow", what does that mean? What exactly is escrow?

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** I have looked up the definition of "escrow", but still am unclear about what it exactly is.

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  • 8 years ago
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    In this case, it usually means that instead of withholding rent for whatever reason, the renter must place the rent that they wish to withhold in a separate bank account set up specifically for the purpose of holding the "rent in escrow." This protects the landlord in case the tenant does not have the legal right to withhold the rent and protects the tenant by placing the rent in an account that can be retrieved if the landlord does not do what they are supposed to do.

  • 4 years ago

    This was once on your personal loan contract papers. The amount of money you ship each month consists of principle, curiosity and escrow. Escrow is for paying your house taxes and house owner coverage. Just seem at your month-to-month announcement and it's going to exhibit the date the property taxes have been paid. Calm down perpetually miscommunication whilst you first move into the home. If there's a late fee levied by means of town then the lender pays it now not you.

  • wings
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    Escrow is almost a delayed purchase. Say you make an offer on a property. The Will of the owner is in probate, but there's not doubt it will succeed probate. You can sign for the property...agreeing to purchase in 'escrow'..which means all will firm up once the Will is probated. If the Will is not probated for whatever reason, you would be given your money back.

  • 8 years ago

    Escrow is a neutral third party that ensures the two contract parties both fulfill their obligations to each other.

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  • Caren
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    just make sure you are not falling for a lease to own scam or rent to own scam

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