Hello and thank you for the question. I am sorry to read of this dilemma.
Eviction is not a likely outcome where rent is being paid and there is no breach of tenancy. If landlord on the other hand is breaching quiet enjoyment of the tenant, it is the tenant who can pursue damages including back rent credit.Defamation
is a serious claim and can be pursued in court for damages.
I am going to provide you information on both slander and libel since they are so closely related and so often confused with each other.
Both involve the communication of false information about a person, group or entity. Libel is any defamation that can be seen....writings, printing, effigy, movie or statue. Slander, is any defamation that is spoken and heard.
They are civil injuries that harm reputation, cause a reduction in respect, regard or confidence, or cause disparaging, hostile or disagreeable opinions or feelings against an individual or entity.
The laws regarding libel and slander are the same.
To prevail in a defamation suit for libel or slander and recover damages, you must prove 4 things: (i) the defendant conveyed a defamatory message they knew or should have known to be false; (ii) the material was published (i.e., conveyed to someone other than you); (iii) you can be identified as the the person referred to in the defamatory material; and (iv) you suffered an injury to your reputation as a result of the communication.
Slander requires showing false statements made to another causing harm to reputation and financially. It is an expensive and time consuming lawsuit. Consider also if the defendant has any money to collect assuming you succeed and obtain a judgment. Often a lawyer letter leads to the slander to stop and is more cost effective.
I am sorry you are going through this ordeal and I hope this information is clear. If you need any clarification, please ask me.