When a Landlord files an Eviction, their goal is to recover the past rent and reclaim the property. However, completing the Process is not always the best decision. Mediation may be more beneficial. Contact the Law Office of Brian P. Kowal, PA at (954) 990-7552 if you are interested in learning about the benefits of Landlord and Tenant Mediation in Florida.
When Does Landlord and Tenant Mediation Occur in Broward and Palm Beach County?
After a Tenant is served, they are required to deposit past rent into the Registry. Once this occurs, most Courts will set the case for mediation. This is free of charge to both parties. At the mediation, the Mediator acts as an intermediary. Their job is to guide the parties to a successful resolution of the case. However, they are impartial and cannot advocate for either side. If a settlement is reached, they will prepare an agreement that has to be signed by the Landlord and the Tenant.
How does Mediation Benefit Landlords?
Landlords face the burden of having to remove a Tenant for non-payment of rent or non-monetary violations of the lease. Not only are they forced to spend costs on filing the case, they have to rent the property to a new Tenant. However, if they settle at mediation, they can recover their court costs and past rent. In addition, they will continue to reside and pay rent.
On the other hand, a Landlord may not want the Tenant to stay. Another benefit of mediation is if the Tenant agrees to vacate, the Landlord will avoid the process. As a result, they can rent out the property at a much quicker pace avoiding the stress of going to Court.
How does Mediation Benefit Tenants?
It is without question that they benefit more. Once they fail to pay after being given a 3 day notice, they can still be evicted even if they deposit the rent into the Registry. If Mediation is ordered and they settle, they can remain in the property. Not only do they avoid an Eviction on their record, they can continue paying rent. It can be difficult for Tenants to find another place to rent if a Final Judgment is entered.
Mediation can be advantageous for Landlords and Tenants. Contact the Law Office of Brian P. Kowal, PA at (954) 990-7552 to learn about the process.