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Landlord/Tenant Mediation Services

Mediation is an option for a variety of landlord/tenant disputes, and the Dayton Mediation Center works with the Dayton Municipal Court and within Montgomery County to provide mediation services to renters and tenants. If you are facing eviction or having issues with non-payment of rent or other rental issues, contact us to learn how we can help.

At mediation, landlords and tenants can:

  • Create a court-approved plan that works for everyone

  • Agree on a move-out date or negotiate a rent payment plan

  • Restore communication and cooperation

Benefits for landlords include:

  • Avoiding further court costs, trials, and appeals

  • Re-letting premises faster if tenant moves out

  • Working with tenants to stay while case remains open

Benefits for tenants include:

  • Avoiding an eviction judgment on your record

  • If moving, discussing security deposit return

  • If staying, negotiating back rent and/or repair bills

Disclaimer: Dayton Mediation Center staff are not attorneys and will not provide legal or any other kind of advice.


Scheduling a Mediation and Pricing

To schedule or discuss services, you can call the Center at (937) 333-2349. A mediation specialist will listen to the concerns you have about your situation and answer your questions. The staff will work with everyone involved to find an agreeable time and date for your mediation. You can also refer a case to mediation, either for yourself or others, by using our referral form.

Landlord/Tenant mediation services are free for individual Montgomery County residents and landlords as well as Dayton Municipal Court referrals.

Preparing for Mediation

To prepare in advance, think about what would be helpful to have to discuss your situation. If there are specific materials or examples that would add to an explanation, you can bring those items to your mediation.

In addition, before your mediation conversation, it may be helpful to think about the following questions:

  1. What’s the hardest part of this situation for you?

  2. What do you want the other person(s) to understand about you that might help in resolving matters for him/her?

  3. If you could only have one thing come out of your conversation, what would that be?

  4. What are you willing to do to help that happen?

  5. What, if anything, do you want to understand about the other person?

  6. When you start your conversation, do you want to say anything about:

    • The content of your conversation: specific topics to discuss/not to discuss?

    • How you will talk with each other: guidelines or ground rules for your conversation?

    • How much time you want to spend for your conversation and/or if another session is needed?

  7. How confidential do you want/need your conversation with each other to be?

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