Negotiating a Settlement of Your Case
If you are facing an eviction, negotiating a settlement with your landlord can be a better way to resolve your case than going before a judge. With a settlement, you can come up with terms that fit your situation. Other times going before a judge may be better.
The settlement with your landlord can be called an Agreement, Agreement for Judgment, or a Stipulation. This booklet explains the difference.
- Never sign an agreement if you do not understand it.
- Only sign an agreement if you are sure you can do the things you have agreed to.
- Get help. Ask if there is a Lawyer for the Day Program or volunteer lawyers in the court.
- Ask if the court has mediators to help landlords and tenants explore solutions.
- Tell your side of the story. Speak up for what you need.
- You are not required to make an agreement.
- You have the right to have a judge or jury decide your case.
- If your landlord pressures you to sign an agreement, tell the clerk you want to see a mediator.