FAQ About Landlord-Tenant Mediation


What is landlord-tenant mediation?

Landlord-tenant mediation is a process where a neutral third party, the mediator, helps landlords and tenants resolve conflicts and disputes related to their rental relationship.

How does landlord-tenant mediation differ from going to court?

Mediation is a voluntary process where the mediator assists in facilitating communication and reaching a mutually agreeable resolution, while going to court involves a formal legal process with a judge making a binding decision.

What is the goal of landlord-tenant mediation?

The goal of mediation is to facilitate open dialogue, promote understanding, and help the parties reach a resolution that is fair and acceptable to both the landlord and tenant.

What types of issues can be resolved through landlord-tenant mediation?

Landlord-tenant mediation can address various issues, such as rent disputes, security deposit disagreements, maintenance and repair concerns, lease violations, roommates disputes, noise complaints, and lease termination conflicts.

How does the mediation process typically work?

One of the parties contact us to provide us with information and after reviewing it, we decide if the situation is a good fit for mediation.  Once we decide that the situation is a good fit for mediation, the process involves an initial meeting where the mediator explains the process, establishes ground rules, and allows each party to express their concerns. Subsequent sessions, if needed, focus on exploring options, negotiating, and reaching an agreement.

Is landlord-tenant mediation binding?

The agreements reached in mediation are typically not legally binding, but the object of mediation is to improve the relationship and if an agreement is reached, then the written agreement can be used to show what parties have agreed to and any breaches.

Can I bring an attorney to landlord-tenant mediation?

In many cases, participants are allowed to bring their attorneys to mediation. However, the attorney’s role may vary depending on the specific rules and procedures of the mediator or jurisdiction.

What happens if an agreement is reached through mediation?

An agreement is reached, the parties can document the terms and sign an agreement. The agreement can then serve as a guideline for both parties to follow moving forward.

Can mediation be mandated by the court or is it voluntary?

In some jurisdictions, the court may require or encourage parties to attempt mediation before proceeding with a lawsuit, while in other cases, mediation is purely voluntary.