What kind of weird place did you rent? Don't you own an M3/M5? Why couldn't you move into a normal apartment building? I've been renting for 7 years and the only major issue I've had was a roommate that decided not to pay his share of the rent for 6+ months.PS - do you really need an attorney for small claims court? I can see why lawyers wouldn't be interested in going to small claims for $170. May as well raise the stakes by going to district court.