suppose I am a landlord who is concerned about the threat of a tenant not paying and dragging me into an eviction battle. Can I defeat the spirit of the tenant protection regulations by making the tenant sign a contract that says “in case of failure to move out immediately upon stopping to pay rent (rules to easily and unequivocally establish this fact follow) tenant immediately pays a fine of (big amount)” and then, in the event the tenant doesn’t in fact pay, use the collections agency to go after him?
What I am trying to get at here is that it seems that failure to comply with request for moving out seems like a way to get a benefit (housing) without paying penalty. Indeed, it is the landlord who is paying penalty by having to convince authorities to kick out the tenant. So what I am suggesting above might be a way to impose that very penalty.
Well, so is this legal? Do people do things like that? Do people achieve similar results differently but equally effectively? Is the problem of deadbeat tenants just overblown and so nobody bothers with such defenses?