Contact an attorney to go over the facts of your case. There might be money damages that you're not seeing which may keep the case out of small claims. Small claims court is for cases with damages of $10,000 or less.
As my colleagues have stated, this could be retaliatory. Speak with BOTH a civil trial lawyer as well as a landlord-tenant lawyer. You may get differing opinions on what is going on.
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