I am on a joint lease with two other people and I moved out of the house because my roommate's dog did about 500 dollars worth of damage to my property while living with her. I am still on the lease and have been paying rent. I have sent my roommate a letter stating that she needs to reimburse me for the property that was damged and she refused. I have all the articles that were destroyed and well as reciepts for items that needed to be cleaned. I also told her that I would not pay rent until the issue of these expenses were discussed. My monthly rent is less than the amount of the damage. Can she take me to small claims court and expect to win if I don't pay rent? Could I counter sue her for the damages?