If you have to fight in court, it's best to gather as much information about your opponent as possible. Google your landlord's name and see what comes up. Prior tenants may have posted complaints, or the landlord may be contributing to various sites, all of which could be relevant to your situation. For example, check if the landlord has a Twitter account, and read through the posts for any comments related to tenant matters. It's sometimes surprising what people will say online. Bring that data to your first consultation with a Tenants' lawyer. It may make a difference in how things turn out with your case.