Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mediation Can Work

I thought I would share a recent real estate mediation experienceA section 8 housing unit in had a long term tenant who had never been in trouble. He is a single dad with 2 small children.
He loves his music and has he stated his music at times can be loud. By his own admission he likes to drink and he has had a DUI. He had a party, he went to bed and the party continued.

The Police Dept showed up and under a probation search found 10 pills on the flloor of a illegal narcotic. No arrest were made due to the fact of lack of ownership of the pills.

Landlord served notice to tenant for violation of park rules for zero tolerance for drugs.

Landlord wants tenant to vacate, if tenant vacates under eviction andhe then looses his section eight benefits.

He works and goes to college partime while being a fulltime dad.Tenant made some bad judgements with alcohol, and perhaps the crowd that he invited to his home, but he faced eviction due to the wriiten policy.

It was his domicile .Landlord would continue with eviction and tenant and family faced the streets .

Mediation brought out a solution that all parties agreed to. The landlord would withdraw the eviction, the tenant would give a 30 day notice to vacate and since this would not be a eviction, the tenant could keep his Section8 benefits and move to a new location with a fresh start.

Perhaps there are many other ideas and solutions to this dilema and conflict.

In my mind, we had a win-win

Jim W Hildreth Real Estate mediator

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