so if you're a landlord. go ahead ask for that illegal damage deposit upfront if you're scared of "getting hurt" and don't like to trust people. but know you are taking a risk when you do that. you're basically asking for the tenant to trust you with their money, and showing them an act of mistrust at the same time.by the way, a landlord WOULD be responsive to a tenant if he thinks that tenant would pay a damage deposit at the last month of tenancy.
the tenant has every right to NOT PAY that illegal deposit, even if he had promised to do so.
a smart landlord wouldn't do it.