What can we do if my previous landlord is suing me and my roommate for $950?

Question Details: She claims we owe her in back rent and damages to the apartment. She also said with moved out without notice. Here is the kicker. When we lived there, she would never give any receipts for rent and would not take a check. We also never signed anything to be there. When we noticed things needed fixed, we told her about it but nothing was ever done. We had to take matters into our own hands and fix some things ourselves. We also painted the apartment ourselves with her consent. When we found a new place as the apartment was getting to small, we told her a month in advance. What can we do to get this overturned?

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