I am a landlord and am being sued by a tenant for a security deposit. The entire premise of the legal argument against me is based on a lie. In Virginia, certain landlord/tenant laws only apply to landlords which own more than 4 units. I only own one unit and have never owned anything more than that. My tenant is suing me based on laws that do not apply to me. And in her bill of particulars it states "upon information and belief, the landlord owns at least 4 rental units". I do not and never have and they cannot have any information. This is a blatent lie which is the entire basis for their lawsuit. So, the lawsuit is completely frivolous and she and her lawyer are trying to extort money from me by threatening punative damages and turning a $2900 security deposit issue into a $10,000 case. They are forcing me to defend myself against a blatent lie. I feel that this is fraud and extortion by my former tenant and her lawyer. My tenant is also a lawyer. Can I bring charges against my former tenant and her lawyer for this lie? Is this fraud, libel, and or extortion? Can my former tenant and/or her lawyer be disbarred for doing this?
Thank you for any help you can give