Well, I can't specifically tell you how to answer the complaint, especially since I don't have it in front of me to look at.
Essentially, for each paragraph in the complaint, you have to "Admit" or "Deny" the validity of the statement.
Your heading of your answer is the same as the complaint. Fill in the case number XXXXX the summons. The caption heading would be "Answer to Plaintiff's Complaint" or "Answer". Then you simply number down, like so:
3. Admit for jurisdictional purposes only
And so on and so forth -obviously, only you know what statements are true and which are false. It's also possible to have a statement be both (e.g., "Admit that Defendant moved into the home on December 1, 2009, denied that Defendant agreed to pay $800 a month in rent.").
As long as you file some form of an answer within 5 days, that should be enough to get a court date. Ask the Clerk of Court about that when you file your response; the plaintiff will have to set it and send out a notice.
There's really not much you can do about the lawsuit -anyone can bring a lawsuit. Now, if you find out that they have slandered you or made false statements about you to other people and you have suffered damages as a result, you could seek to sue for defamation
, but such cases are expensive and difficult to prove. Better to first deal with not getting evicted.
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