Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes Through Mediation

By E-Renter Tenant Screening
Posted on July 26, 2011 under Landlord Tenant Lawsuits | icon: commentBe the First to Comment, tenant credit check, tenant prescreeningDisputes between landlords and tenants are part of the job of being a landlord. And sometimes it’s necessary to sort things out in a court of law. But court cases are time consuming, expensive, and mostly unpleasant. For many landlords, taking a tenant to court is the worst aspect of owning rental property.

The next time you and a tenant don’t see eye-to-eye on an issue, why not explore alternatives, such as mediation? Professional mediation is a non-adversarial process for resolving disputes that can save you time and money, as well as improve your relationship with your tenant.

What Is Mediation?
• Mediation allows both sides to share their side of the story in the presence of a trained, neutral mediator.
• Is private and confidential.
• Can result in binding agreements, but no one can be forced to accept an unsatisfactory solution.
• Is typically less expensive than court-based solutions.
• Results in a settlement about 85% of the time.
• Is offered by some municipalities or universities for free, so check to see if that’s an option where you live.

Mediators help adversaries talk through a problem without anger, for a more efficient communication process. Professional mediators also help the parties work through possible solutions and come to an agreement.

Mediation cannot be used when legal advice is needed or a case involves criminal charges.

Mediation Can Assist in Disputes Between Landlords and Tenants
• Damaged property
• Rent payments or increases
• Security deposits
• Repairs
• Noise complaints
• Property use issues
• Common area maintenance disputes
• Pet issues

A web search can help landlords locate nearby mediation services. And remember, it can be free of charge, depending on where you are located.

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