City department hours
/
Starting on Monday, July 20, City Hall will be open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you need to visit a department at City Hall, you must make an appointment.
COVID-19 information
/
For the latest updates, please visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) website:
Coronavirus updates
Back to top
Last updated:

Mediation tips in eviction cases

We have tips to help you reach a deal that is workable.

Negotiation and mediation are alternatives to trial that allow the parties to come to an agreement.

What to keep in mind

Repayment plans

If you agree to a repayment plan, be realistic about what you can afford. If you miss a payment, your landlord can bring you back into court and ask a judge to order you out. 

PRESERVE YOUR VOUCHER

In a lease violation case, if you have a voucher, try to resolve the case in a way that will not impact your voucher. Consult an attorney.

PUT THE AGREEMENT IN WRITING

The parties should put all of the terms in writing, sign the agreement, and give it to the court.

READ AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU SIGN

Do not agree to terms you have not read or do not understand.  Have unclear terms explained or rewritten.

move out agreements

If you agree to move out, be sure you have enough time to find a new place and money to pay moving costs.  You may need first and last month’s rent, plus a security deposit, to rent a new apartment.

TALK TO AN ATTORNEY

The Boston Housing Court has attorneys available through the Lawyer for the Day Program who can help you negotiate or review an agreement.  

PARTICIPATION IS VOLUNTARY

You do not have to come to an agreement.  You can have your case heard at trial.

ADVOCATE YOUR INTERESTS

You may have to negotiate for yourself against your landlord's attorney.  Be sure to advocate for your own interests.