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Were you taken to court and evicted?
If so did you tell the judge you did pay one month?
Unless you had a purchase agreement for the home then you can not claim it as your home or almost paid it off. Even so, if you are even one month behind in rent he had a valid cause for evicting you from the home.
I wish I had better news, the statue of limitations would be up in this case if this happened in 04. The fact is you have no case, if you were behind even one month he had the right to evict you from the home. Since you offered to leave it wasn't even a eviction technically so a eviction really did not take place as you were not forced to move you left willingly.
I am sorry, I know this is not what you wanted to hear. I do not make the laws nor do I agree with them all.