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If you can prove the landlord was engaging in false statements about service and has misrepresented the circumstances surrounding your moving out and the notice you gave as a tenant at will, then this is grounds to have the court award you costs and fees for having to appear in court over their frivolous claims. It also can give you grounds to ask for punitive damages, up to triple your actual damages, for the landlord bringing a case brought upon facts you can prove are untrue.
The judge ordering the hearing of the motion to dismiss on the same date of the hearing on the merits is for judicial economy. Trial courts prefer a hearing on the merits, but if there is a motion to dismiss the court can review that prior to the hearing and if they agree that the case should be dismissed, then the trial on merits will not occur. It is up to the judge to decide how to set their calendar and this is a way for them to do so.