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Definition of "Leasehold"

Agreement between the lessee and lessor specifying the lessee's rights to use the leased property for a given time at a specified rental payment. As rental payments are made, rent expense is charged. When the rental is paid in advance, a Prepaid Rent account (Prepaid Expense) is recorded that has to be allocated into expense over the rental period. If the prepayment is for a long-term lease, however, it is recorded as a Deferred Charge and then amortized. The amortization entry for a long-term lease is to charge rent expense and credit leasehold.

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