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A friend of mine who practices law gave me the following advice:

Do not pay your final month's rent. Instead, tell your landlord to keep the security deposit as your last month's rent. That way, if they want to collect payment for alleged property damage, the burden will be on them to prove that you owe it, as opposed to it being on you to prove that you don't owe it.

He claimed that nothing in American Law would prohibit this.

Is this halachically allowed, and is it morally acceptable (aside from possible Chilul Hashem issues)?

This is similar to this question, but it is not a case with a designated place of collection (apotiki) or collateral, as I see it. I am also not failing to pay a debt. There is no loan involved. The question is isolated to: Am I bound by my contract because of the contract.

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Well if one keeps halacha and there is damage done one would go to bais din or pay what he damaged – sam Feb 13 '14 at 22:24
@sam That would work if your landlord also follows halacha. The idea is to prevent the landlord from taking advantage of the fact that they have your money to make claims about damage that you cannot prove, i.e. things that were there before or minute things that they have decided are significant. – Y ez Feb 14 '14 at 0:15

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