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Pre-Filing Mediation

What is Mediation

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party, at the request of the parties to a dispute, assists them in reaching a mutually satisfactory settlement of the dispute. In mediation, you will meet with the other party and a mediator. The mediator is not a judge and will not decide the solution, but will help the parties reach an agreement and be part of the solution.

If the parties do not reach an agreement, the mediator will schedule the next hearing and provide both the tenant and the landlord with the proper forms.

The Mediation Process

  1. The filing party requests mediation by completing the Request for Voluntary Mediation form and submitting it tothe court;
  2. The court sends the request to the mediation program; and then
  3. The parties are contacted by a mediation program and, if both agree, a mediation hearing is scheduled.

If the case is settled:

A settlement agreement is signed by both the parties. No court case is filed. No filing fee is paid. No court record of the action exists.

If the case is NOT settled:

At the time of mediation, the parties are served with a notice to appear in court in seven days. The service is done by the mediator (saves service fee for the parties). The case will be one of the first handled on the day of court (saves both parties time in court).

If the parties are not willing to mediate, the case is referred back to District Court. A summons will be prepared and served directing the parties to appear in court on a future date. The case will be one of the first called on the day of court (saves both parties time in court).

Benefits of Mediation

For Landlords:

  • No filing fee if the case settles
  • Priority status on calendar if the case does not settle (saves time in court)

For Tenants:

If the case settles, there is no court record of an eviction action filed against you. (An eviction court record may have a negative impact on your ability to rent property in the future.)

For Both Parties:

  • Parties reach their own agreement
  • Quick
  • Equal say in the solution
  • Low or no costs
  • Convenient hours and locations
  • Less stress
  • Informal
  • Enhances possibility of a workable future relationship

Examples of Disputes Where Mediation May Help

  • Non-payment of rent
  • Repair and maintenance issues
  • Lease violations

Mediation Programs in Hennepin County

For more information or to get started with mediation, call one of the numbers listed below or another mediation provider of your choice. You do not have to file a case in court to use mediation.

Conflict Resolution Center(formerly Minneapolis Mediation Program)

  • Serves residents of Minneapolis, St. Anthony, Richfield, Bloomington, Burnsville, Edina and Eden Prairie
  • Phone Number: 612-822-9883
  • Fax Number: 612-822-9890
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Community Mediation Services, Inc. (formerly North Hennepin Mediation Program)

  • Serves residents of Northern and Western Hennepin County
  • Phone Number: 763-561-0033
  • Fax Number: 763-561-0266
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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