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Eviction Mediation Helps Nearly 500 Renters In Clayton County

Eviction Mediation Helps Nearly 500 Renters In Clayton County

JONESBORO — In a little more than a year, an eviction mediation program has helped nearly 500 renters, according to information from Clayton County Chief Magistrate Judge Keisha Wright-Hill.

More than 600 cases went into eviction mediation from February 2023 to April 24 with about 475 being settled without having to go before a judge, Wright-Hill told Clayton County Board of Commissioners at a May 7 meeting.

Pre-filing mediation helps the cases move at a quicker case and helps reduce backlog as courts are opening back up after the COVID pandemic, Wright-Hill also said.

Stephen Davis, of the Atlanta Apartment Association, told commissioners that the Clayton Magistrate Court has been one of the best to deal with because of its “out-of-the-box thinking.”

She added that the court works with numerous property managers to offer pre-filing mediation.

The pre-filing mediation helps open up the lines of communication between landlords and tenants before an eviction has been filed, Wright-Hill said, and helps the parties resolve issues without negatively impacting tenants’ rental history.

The program costs $435,000 over two years partially paid from eviction mediation fees.

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