When landlords and tenants differ they ...
Often do nothing while stress builds, or take defensive or offensive actions. For example, tenants may withhold rent; landlords may withhold services or security deposits. Common actions usually based on misunderstandings about rental terms, with or without a lease. Tensions escalate, get personal and heated quickly.
There is a better way - Mediation
Mediation takes place between two or more disputing parties working to solve a specific problem. A neutral 3rd party mediator assists in negotiating a resolution. Mediation helps to avoid or mitigate the costs and challenges of doing nothing or 'going legal'.
Landlord/tenant disputes are ideally suited to mediation. Often the most desired, least costly, terms of resolution for both parties is to end the landlord/tenant relationship. Mediation can facilitate that negotiation often avoiding the court process altogether.
In mediation, the mediator:
- Works to assure productive dialogue and negotiation
- Welcomes your attorneys in mediation
- Drafts the agreement
- May provide basic information about the court process for evictions, or small claims actions around early termination of lease, possible implications of a judgment and public record - for either party
In mediation, the landlord and tenant:
There's no place like home. Whether you own or rent, home is personal.