Tenants are better off, financially and otherwise, trying to solve any disputes with their landlords directly before filing a lawsuit, according to Nolo. If the dispute cannot be solved directly, the tenant should consider suggesting a neutral third-party negotiator to help settle the dispute.
Both direct negotiations with the landlord and using a mediator yield results that are less expensive and less stressful than hiring a lawyer and going to court, reports Nolo. The solutions reached under these agreements are commonly long-lasting as long as proper procedures are followed. All agreements, either those reached directly or those facilitated by a mediator, should be promptly written down and signed by both parties.