My question involves an eviction in the state of: Pennsylvania
I know this is long, but please bare with me. There is a lot of info and I want to make sure I cover everything before people ask for more info regarding this.
My fiance was renting a room in the house of his friend's family (they made him stay in the garage). They had a verbal agreement and he was paying what they had discussed. They had no lease, and he did not get receipts of documentation from them. He would hand them the money every week, then be on his way.
They left a note on his door in the beginning of April stating that they wanted him out by June 1. Before this, they had been harrassing him and starting arguments with him to make living their horrible. He was fine with it and we began to look for a new place for him to live.
At the end of April, one of his "landlords" left another note on his door stating that he owed over $2000 in back rent... he had been paying what they asked him to pay, so we have no idea where she came up with this figure. She also wrote in the note that she wanted several hundred dollars to her by the next morning. He had already paid for that week, and did not have the money she asked for, nor did he have any reason to pay it. She called him on the phone while we were out and began to argue with him, screaming at him to pay her. He told her to evict him and hung up.
I dropped him off at home at 1AM, and they told him he couldn't stay there when he walked through the door. He said yes he was and that he was going to bed. Apparently they had called the police earlier and the police said that they would arrest my fiance if he showed up to the house. They locked him in his room and called the police again. The police showed up and asked him questions and the landlords questions, but finally told him he had to leave.
In the police report, the officer said that my fiance's belongings (and bed) were in the garage and he appeared to be living there. He even wrote that he told the landlords to go through the legal eviction process, but they refused. The landlords told the police that all of my fiance's things would be on the front lawn in the morning (and they were).
We went to the courts a few weeks later to file a small claims court against their illegal eviction. We are only asking for exactly what we had to pay out because of them evicting him the way they did (hotel costs, storage unit, U Haul, etc.). They have come back and are countersuing my fiance for what they call back rent (the over $2000 she left the note about).
I have all of our receipts from what we paid and where from the illegal eviction. They, however, do not have receipts for rent that was paid or not paid. Who has a stronger case? I just do not know what kind of judge would accept something without documentation. No one has proof of rent paid or owed. Do they have a valid argument?