New Landlord-Tenant Dispute Program Launched in NC
The City of Greensboro, North Carolina has teamed up with the University of North Carolina’s Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Program to help landlords and tenants resolve disputes through mediation.
The free, voluntary program is intended to serve as an alternative to litigation, by helping landlords and tenants communicate more effectively, to solve issues such as security deposit disputes, noise and property damage complaints and repairs. To take advantage of the program, both parties must agree to come together and discuss the issues with a professional mediator, who works to help them define and clarify the problem, facilitate communication and come to a mutually acceptable solution.
Mediation is a popular method of dispute resolution; it is often used in divorce cases, business disputes and other potentially tense legal situations. Mediators are trained to remain neutral, reduce barriers to communication, and ensure that both parties to a dispute are heard. The ultimate resolution of a problem is up to the opposing parties, not the mediator.
The Greensboro program aims to improve long-term landlord-tenant relationships. It’s free, confidential, and can be accessed by either landlords or tenants.
The Landlord-Tenant Dispute program has the potential to save landlords a whole lot of time, expense and aggravation. It’s a smart alternative to going to court over tenant disputes. Does your community have a similar program? Maybe it should!