Due to illness in the family I am currently looking to move closer to home. Unfortunately, I am 1 month in to a lease that I just renewed. I just talked to them, and I will owe the prorated rent amount from now until lease termination (oct 11th which is 30 days) which is fine. I will also owe an early termination fee of nearly $2,000. I asked the girl what if I dont pay it (the early term fee)? She said well if you dont pay it, its considered a skip and it will show up on your leasing report. My question is, is there any legal ramification to not paying this? Can they take me to court? Can if effect my credit rating ect? I'm not worried about it showing up on my leasing record as I will be buying a house in my new town and will never rent again. Also, I know the right thing to do is to just pay the $2,000 but I want to avoid it if possible. Also, if it helps, the guy that owns the complex is a huge donor to Nebraska Football.