Renters with evictions or broken leases can pay their delinquent rental balance through the Rental Settlement Services network. Rental Settlement Services also has the ability to negotiate a lower payoff amount with your past landlord. Call the toll free number to get consultation from an agent.
Maybe. When you settle a case, you have more control over the outcome because a judge or jury is not listening to the evidence and deciding for you. You also have a written document that explains exactly what each person must do to comply with the settlement. Even if you have a strong case, you should consider whether settling is a good idea. You should think about:
You may want to talk to an attorney about these questions.
A good settlement for you is any agreement you are comfortable with and gives you the best chance to get the things you want, in your case a satisfaction of release letter to show proof your eviction, broken lease or rental balance has been paid in full.
Each person’s situation is different, both legally and personally, so the terms of a good settlement for you and another person may be different. Most people do not get exactly what they want when they settle a case because each side will have to give a little bit to reach a compromise. It might be a bad settlement, however, if there are terms you know you cannot comply with, or if you feel confident you would have been able to get everything you wanted at trial.
Remember, though, settlements give you the chance to include terms a judge cannot include when he or she rules on your case. A common example is a payment plan. If you have a trial about rent, the judge will simply rule whether the tenant or landlord owes the other party money. Whoever owes the money must pay all of it right away. If you settle your case, you can negotiate a payment plan. This might give the tenant a better chance of keeping the house or apartment, or it might give the landlord a better chance to get all of the money owed.
The terms of a settlement agreement are entirely up to the people entering into it. There are some common terms, however.
All of these terms can be complicated and have consequences.
Yes. Both parties can enforce the agreement in court after it is filed. Many agreements explain what will happen if either side does not do what it promised. If the agreement does not say what will happen if either party fails to follow it, the judge may decide what to do. A judge can order one side to do what it promised and enforce that by fining that person if he or she does not comply. A judge also may enter a judgment against one side or the other if a promise is broken. Or, a judge might consider some other remedy. The side that wants the judge to do something must file a motion in Landlord and Tenant Court to enforce the agreement.
A court hearing will be set at least five days, not including weekends or holidays, after the motion is filed. Both the landlord and tenant will have a chance to tell the judge what happened. Both sides should come to court with pictures, receipts, witnesses, or other evidence to prove what happened and why.
That is a very good idea. Lawyers are available in the mornings at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center. You can ask the clerk if there are any lawyers who can look over the agreement before you sign it. If you are unclear about any term, you should tell the other side you need a few minutes to have a lawyer look at the agreement.
Remember, if you are a tenant, the landlord’s lawyer is not your lawyer. If you are a landlord, the tenant’s lawyer is not your lawyer. Each lawyer must do the best possible job for his or her client.