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Who are you referring to as he in a Small Claims Court case? Your partner or the Landlord?
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His only defense would be that he had to leave for his own safety. However, if he never filed a Police Report or contacted the Landlord, the Court may not find his argument persuasive. Nonetheless, he can use the Police Report filed by the other Tenant to support his case. So, it would be prudent to get the cooperation of the roommate in coming to Court to testify on his behalf and also in obtaining a copy of the Police Report to give to the Court.