Mediator acts as a lifeline for Landlord and Tenant Negotiating Arrears

The landlord wants to negotiate a rent repayment plan for the 4 months’ rent the tenant owes, while facing his own mortgage arrears on the rental property. The laid-off tenant has no money at present to negotiate a repayment plan, yet needs to make a good faith effort in order to avoid eviction when the moratorium is over. Both tenant and landlord are drowning in debt, the unknown, and the constantly shifting tides of orders, extensions, rent assistance, and stimulus checks. The mediator is on the end of the line, listening, keeping the channel of communication open between landlord and tenant, helping them find a way forward, even if just to maintain goodwill and hope for now, a lifeline in a rising river.

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Mediator acts as a lifeline for Landlord and Tenant Negotiating Arrears

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Why DRC mediation?

DRCs reduce the burdens of the courts, saving taxpayers money, and increasing access to justice for traditionally underserved populations. In 2019 DRCs mediated 5,070 cases, successfully settling 64% of them. 90% of clients reported mediation improved their situation.

Annually DRCs appropriate over $2 million worth of volunteer hours, directly serve over 55,000 people, indirectly serve 200,000 people whose lives are positively affected by mediation and other services and reach out to over 7 million Washington residents.

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