Are you open to finding a solution with your landlord or tenant outside of court? You can make a settlement agreement that helps both the landlord and tenant reach their goals.
Anytime before, during, or after an eviction lawsuit, the landlord and tenant can work out their problems outside the court. They can make a settlement agreement together.
1. It can stop the lawsuit and the eviction process.
2. The tenant and the landlord can agree to what terms are in the agreement.
3. Make sure to get it in writing, and to keep any receipts.
4. Come to court to show it to judge, and then make sure the case is dismissed (over).
If you can come to an agreement with the tenant, you could:
If you can come to an agreement with the landlord, you could:
There are no legal rules for how much money or time the landlord or the tenant can ask for. You should think about what you want and what you think the other side would agree to.
Any settlement should be written down, signed by both sides, and shown to the judge at the eviction trial.
If you are a tenant or landlord, what are some things to do to make a settlement agreement with the other side?
1. Reach out: You can contact the other side at any time, to see if they are open to talking about a settlement agreement. A tenant can reach out to their landlord, property manager, or their attorney.
2. Get it in Writing: Be sure to get any agreement made between you and the other side in writing. This will make sure that it can be enforced.
3. Get Receipts: Get written receipts of everything you pay to the other side as part of the agreement. This will be evidence of paying what you agreed to.
4. Still Come to Court: Even if you have worked it out, both the landlord and the tenant should still come to court.
Visit or call the Help Center at 513-946-5650 to get legal information or to make a free 40 minute appointment with a lawyer. They cannot represent you in court. For more information, visit room 113 of the Hamilton County Courthouse or visit https://www.cincyhelpcenter.org
Call Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati at 513-241-9400, or go to https://www.lascinti.org/. You may qualify for a free lawyer. If eligible, Legal Aid could represent you in court.
Visit https://cincybar.org or call 513-381-8359 for a referral. You can ask them about the Modest Means Program. This may let you get a private lawyer for a more affordable price.