Mediation tips in eviction cases
What to keep in mind
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.
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.