Bad landlord: must I pay final month's rent?

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    Bad landlord: must I pay final month's rent?

    Hi,

    I would really appreciate some advice on deposit issues.
    I have had a nightmare tenancy which is about to end in 2weeks time. During the duration of the tenancy, I have kept the house in excellent condition. However, I have a very bad relation with my LL, due to the fact that the LL tried to make me pay for a pre-existing damage in the house (in other words 'con'). In this circumstances, I believe that it will be difficult for me to get my deposit back (1 month's deposit) if I pay my last month's rent.

    Is there any legal issues if the tenant does not pay the last month's rent? I would prefer not to go through any potential small claims court procedure as it is time consuming and from what I read in this forum, getting a CCJ does not mean that I can get the money back.

    Thank you in advance.

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