You haven't asked a specific question. However, I assume you are asking if you can legally pay your rent with your security deposit. The answer is, technically no, UNLESS the landlord agrees in writing. Deposit is deposit, and rent is rent. A tenant does not have the unilateral right to apply deposit to pay rent. Pursuant to Civil Code section 1950.5, landlord is not obligation to return the security deposit and/or provide an itemized deduction until 21 days after the tenant vacates.
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