When does a lease begin?

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When does a lease legally begin - the date on the contract or the date you take possession? We leased a house and were supposed to take possession on 04/01 per our contract (this actually changed a few times prior.) We didn't pay the deposit and take possession until 04/22. The landlord did not vacate the property until 04/17. Are we responsible for the full month of April in rent?

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