You think nice people stiff the landlord for last months rent? Did he have to pay a mortgage payment for that month? Property taxes?
People who do this are deadbeats. Try not paying the last installment on a car loan.
Any landlord offering property in locales with laws that favor tenants to this extent should rethink their investment choices. Or at least they need better language in their leases, for protection.
To move into my rental property you would pay first month, last month and security deposit - which is an amount lesser than a months rent. Now I never worry about a deadbeat moving out and not paying rent. And the damage deposit is clearly designated to compensate for damage.
I hope you understand that tenants do this when they don’t trust the landlord to return their security deposit. We had to pay the last month’s rent and then we had to sue to get our security deposit back, as the apartment was left in excellent condition. We shouldn’t have had to do this.
The landlord probably thought because we were four women, we wouldn’t be able to unite and organize to fight him.
And I hope you saw my first reply to this thread, comment 12, where I said one month was not enough in NYC, where it takes the landlord more than one month to get squatters out.