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You should send an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent. If the tenant still fails to pay rent, then you should file an eviction case against them and move forward with evicting them due to nonpayment of rent.
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1. He can try to make counterclaims for the condition of the property. However, if you have everything well documented, these shouldn't be an issue and it should be easy to prove that there are no actual problems with the unit itself.
2. You cannot simply make a tenant leave (even if their lease is over and they have failed to pay rent). You will need to first give the tenant a notice of eviction/vacate and then file an eviction against them if they do not leave.