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The following section will help you to understand and access mediation services. If you need further information or explanation for any of the topics listed below please contact us. 

Mediation

What is Mediation?  

Mediation is a meeting between a tenant and landlord with a neutral third party to help them resolve their concerns and come to a long-lasting agreement that benefits both parties. The Early Settlement Mediation Program has in-person and virtual mediation options. 

The Early Settlement Mediation Program provides free mediation to resolve concerns between landlords and tenants, including non-payment of rent. The Early Settlement Mediation Program is sponsored by Tulsa County and the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Tenants and landlords can apply to this free program as soon as the dispute develops. You don’t need to wait for a missed rent payment or for an eviction to be filed. 

What Can Mediation Help With?  

Mediation can help with a variety of problems that tenants often face. 

  • Rent – Late or behind on rent? Mediation is an alternative to an eviction action. Landlords and tenants can sit down with a neutral third party and attempt to resolve the issue of late rent without court intervention. Tenants who are experiencing hardship with rent payments should visit our “Rental Assistance” portion of the website. 
  •  Repairs – Having trouble getting repairs? Mediation is an opportunity for landlords and tenants to sit down with a neutral third party to talk about needed repairs. Tenants who are having difficulty getting a landlord to respond to requests for repairs should contact the Landlord Tenant Resource Center at 918-218-4138 or visit Legal Aid of Oklahoma to speak to a lawyer. 
  •  Lease Agreements – Negotiating a Lease Agreement? Mediation is an opportunity for landlords and tenants to sit down with a neutral third party and negotiate a lease/rental agreement that is fair to both sides. Tenants who would like to discuss or review a lease agreement with a lawyer should contact the Landlord Tenant Resource Center at 918-218-4138. 

What is a Mediator? 

A mediator is a trained, neutral third party. The mediator does not work for either the landlord or the tenant. The mediator’s goal is to help the landlord and tenant to communicate and work out an agreement that will benefit both of them. The mediators at Early Settlement Mediation Program are professionally trained and certified by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. A mediator does not give legal advice. If you need legal advice, visit 2-1-1 Eastern Oklahoma to be connected with legal resources for advice and representation. 

What is the Cost?  

There is no cost to either you or the landlord for mediation through the Early Settlement Mediation Program. The service is completely free. There are private mediators who may charge fees in other fields.  

How do I apply? 

Both landlords and tenants can apply to this free program as soon as a dispute develops. You don’t need to wait for a missed rent payment or for an eviction to be filed.  

To apply for free mediation in Tulsa County: 

  •  Call 918-596-7786 
  •  Complete the intake form and email it to susan.johnson@tulsacounty.org.