Tips for negotiating with my landlord or their lawyer

A negotiation is just a conversation you have with someone to try to reach an agreement. In an eviction case, negotiating can help you and your landlord find a solution you both can agree to, and may even keep you from having to go to court.

Before you start negotiating, it is important to understand the other person’s point of view. This will help you make the best offer you can make, because you’ll be thinking about what they want to get out of your agreement. And explaining to them that you understand their perspective will help them be more sympathetic toward you, too, and more willing to work out a deal.

So, remember that your landlord is running a business. They need the money from your rent to continue paying their bills and taxes. They may be willing to negotiate, but they will want to know you will keep up your end of the bargain. Ask them to provide you with a list of what they think you owe them, and compare it to your own receipts and bank statements, to make sure you have a clear picture to start negotiating.

It’s also important to know exactly what you want before you start to make your case to your landlord or their lawyer. If you know that you won’t be able to pay your landlord back right away, try to work out a way you could pay them a little bit at a time. Never promise to make payments you can’t afford. If you need help making these payments, there are local resources available. You can see a list of them in your county here.

The most important thing to remember is to just be prepared with what you want and how you can pay, and make sure to consider your landlord’s point of view.