Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, nobody likes to end up in a conflict where parties are threatening to take the other person to court. Whether the dispute is about unpaid or late rental payments, noise complaints, pet problems, apartment damage, code violations, or broken appliances that haven’t been replaced, it makes more sense to try to first resolve your conflict outside of court and enter into a signed agreement that lays out a remedy, than to spend money by hiring lawyers.
During a landlord-tenant or tenant-tenant mediation, the parties would meet with the mediator to discuss the issues in dispute. During mediation, I will help you brainstorm a solution, and we will develop a fair process for settlement so you both can co-exist peacefully in your homes. From there, we will draw up an agreement which will be signed and notarized. If there is money that has to paid, or items that need to be repaired, the agreement will specify the terms of repayment or lay out a repair schedule.
If the terms of the agreement are breached, then both parties have the right to go to small claims court without lawyers. A copy of your signed and notarized agreement reached in mediation will be sufficient evidence showing the arbitrator what the facts of the case are and what your intended agreement was when mediated outside of court.