Landlord/tenant disputes can quickly deteriorate into nasty lawsuits and drawn-out legal proceedings. You can soon find yourself in court literally arguing over dirty laundry. However, there is a better way. Mediation allows you to resolve these types of disputes quickly and efficiently. Your client may get an outcome that would not be possible in court, which will increase their satisfaction with you, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Here are a few ways that you can help at a landlord tenant dispute mediation.
Prepare for Mediation
Ideally, you will resolve your case at mediation, so you should be just as prepared for mediation as you would be for trial. Have all of your evidence neatly organized and provide any information that the mediator asks for upfront. Be sure that your position is clear and that you are able to provide a summary of your client’s viewpoint in a concise and supported manner.
Now is not the time to quote best case scenarios with your client. If you are able to resolve the dispute, you can potentially save your client time and money, which are usually their primary objectives. Tell them about the weaknesses in their case and the potential consequences of not reaching a settlement.
One of the biggest benefits of mediation is the ability to control the outcome. Encourage your client to brainstorm ideas about how to resolve the issue and throw out some of your own suggestions. Modifying a contract, adding provisions to a lease, forgiving a portion of unpaid rent or negotiating a move-out date may be options that your client has not explored.
For more information on how you can help during the mediation process or to schedule your mediation session, call Marc Sinensky Mediation at (561) 376-1160.