Good news for Tenants!
In the eviction action when you use it as a defense/counterclaim, you will get possession and money damages, but then that defense is gone and the landlord will bring a second eviction action and you will be evicted.
GOOD NEWS FOR Landlords!
If you are a landlord, either don't take a security deposit or hire an attorney to make sure that you do it 100% correct. Also, if you are filing an eviction action don't rush out to do it fast, fast, fast; do it smart, smart, smart!