How to win in court when your landlord tries to claim i didnt pay rent but i did
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You have too much going on for a general Q&A forum. You need to hire an attorney to at least sit down with you and sort out what is going on and where you stand and then you need to file an answer to the eviction complaint.
One of the most important issues is timing. If the landlord told you that he was not going to sign the lease and wasn't gong to accept the terms of the written lease before he let you move in and accepted rent, then accepting rent does not imply anything to the contrary.
You have asserted some facts which may offer you a defense to the eviction. I recommend that you contact an attorney to learn about the process, how to present evidence, the standard of proof, the landlord's burden, etc. before your hearing or return date.
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