Thanks for responding. Sometimes its hard to get these things straight when we are not talking face to face.
You have a bit of an odd situation. You were renting the mobile home out , but this was not allowed under the property permit. It sounds like certain services were not provided, such as garbage service. This was a result of the tenant failing to pay his half of the bill. As a result of not having garbage service, the trash got piled up and caused damage to the mobile home. Also, the water cooler (refrigerator?) was not functioning and caused some damage. You state that you asked to be allowed to repair, but the tenant would not let you into the property.
You say you have a "rental agreement" as opposed to a lease agreement. I'm not sure what the difference would be legally without being able to examine the document. Finally, you state that the tenant has not paid you rent in 5 months, and owes you $3,150.00 in back rent. The damage to the property is at $1,000.00 and the tenant did not pay his electricity bill in the amount of $800.00.
It sounds like the tenant claims that he was evicted from the property without notice and is now claiming you owe him for the cost to stay at the hotel.
Technically, a landlord must give a tenant 30 days notice of move out if the tenant has lived there less than a year, and 60 days notice if the tenant has lived there longer than a year.
When you don't give notice, or as here, the tenant is forced to leave because of the government vacate order, then this triggers a claim for the tenant. The fact that the tenant owed back rent does not really do anything for you to defeat that claim because you have to go through an eviction procedure to legally get him out.
That being said, small claims courts are not going to make you pay where the tenant has not held up his end of the bargain and owes you a lot of rent.
If I were you, I would tell the tenant that the lease is terminated and that he has to pay all the rent he owes you. I would also tell him that he was illegally occupying that house after he gave you notice and did not move out. Tell him that you are going to sue him for the amount of unpaid rent, the repair costs and the unpaid electricity.