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The landlord is trying to intimidate you so that you do not pursue the security deposit. The can file the Counter-Claim but if you have any documentation that shows the condition of the property when you left and how the issues are normal wear and tear you should not have any issue. Additionally you can argue to the court that the Landlord is "ESTOPPED" from raising the issue of damages because they already signed off on the checklist.
Estoppel is a legal term that means someone can not tell you one thing and then later do another thing counter to what they told you.
Lastly, the Landlord is trying to create a position to negotiate with you a lesser amount. In other words he is positioning to persuade you to settle rather than sue.
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