What is mediation and how can it work for me?

Mediation is a process where you work with a third person to try to reach an agreement. It’s important that this third person does not have any stake in the situation, so they shouldn’t be someone close to you or your landlord. They are usually impartial, patient, and reasonable, and try to take a “common sense” approach to helping settle the argument between you and your landlord. 

It is usually a good idea to get a mediator if you feel you cannot work with your landlord without help from someone outside of the situation. The mediator will help both sides see what is fair and work out a solution that works for both of you.

If your landlord files an eviction action, ask the court if they have a mediator to help you work out your case. If not, your local bar association may be able to offer someone to do this for you.