If you are a commercial landlord, you will find that most of your tenants pay their rent on time and cause you very few issues. However, there are some that do cause problems, and it can be both difficult and expensive to resolve such disputes.
In many cases, your problem does not need to be brought to court. Mediation is usually faster and less costly than court proceedings, but only when done correctly – so when issues arise, you need an experienced mediation solicitor on your side.
Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), frequently used to settle disputes. In mediation, the two conflicting parties sit down with one or more neutral mediators, who will facilitate discussion and help resolve the problem. A contract formed through mediation is also legally binding, with the same consequences incurred from breaking any contract.
In nearly all cases, mediation is faster and more cost-effective than litigation. It’s also a good solution if everyone wishes to continue the relationship in the future; for example, if a commercial tenant is running an otherwise successful business, it could make financial sense for both parties to resolve the tenancy problems so they can continue trading. Cases of agreements created in mediation being broken are rare, due to the contract formed being voluntarily entered by both parties.
The courts often require that ADR is attempted before a case is taken further. There are few downsides to mediation, and many people find it beneficial to resolve their problems in person rather than go through court orders, tribunals, injunctions and more. Of course, if mediation does not work, your solicitor will be able to advise you on how to proceed.
There are many things to think about when you are facing a dispute, so it is only right to look at all of the options open to you and carefully consider the cost and length of time these will take.
Romain Coleman is the London property solicitor who can assist you with any aspect of landlord and tenant disputes, and advise you on what course of action to take. Our experienced commercial property solicitors can help you through mediation and if necessary any litigation that follows it. Our service sees your claim through to the end.
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If you are involved in a dispute with your tenant, and you think you may want to use mediation to resolve the issue, please call our property and conveyancing team today on 020 8520 4555 to discuss your situation in confidence.
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