You need to file an answer to the compliant and go to court. Show the judge that you attempted to pay rent and it was refused. It is not easy for a landlord to prosecute an eviction when rent payments are up to date. They will have to show that you actually did something that violated the lease and which could not be cured. You may want to hire an attorney to assist you.
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Generally speaking, if the Landlord is accusing you of breaking the lease for something other than nonpayment of rent, they must give you a written notice of violation before they bring an action for eviction. If they refused your payment of rent, then are filing an ction to evict for nonpayment of rent, the judge will probably dismiss the case. However, you do need to file an answer and show some proof that you tried to pay the rent. If you are on a month to month tenancy, they can pretty much terminate the lease on any grounds with just 3 days notice.
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