We received some feedback from some of our students who felt there are additional resources regarding the Eviction Diversion Program that could be useful on the Alaska Court System Website. We wanted to make sure you receive the full picture of the new program. You can access the information and the active links here:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who is this program for?
How does this program help landlord and tenants work out their disputes?
Why should I sign up for this program?
How do I sign up?What happens after I sign up for this program?
What happens if we come to an agreement?
What happens if we don't come to an agreement?
Where can I learn more about the eviction process?
Are there other resources?
► General Information
The Alaska Court System's Eviction Diversion Program offers free mediation to landlords and tenants. Mediation helps the two sides work out their dispute without going to court. The program is available before or after the landlord starts an eviction case in court. Both sides must agree to participate.
► Who is this program for?
Landlords and tenants who want to try to work out their dispute. For example:
- tenants who think they may be evicted
- tenants who have just received a Notice to Quit
- landlords thinking about evicting a tenant
- landlords who just gave their tenant a Notice to Quit
- landlords and tenants once an eviction case is filed in court
► How does this program help landlord and tenants work out their disputes?
Landlords and tenants can mediate with each other. Mediation is a way to get help in working out your dispute. A neutral person, called the mediator, leads the mediation and helps landlords and tenants:
- figure out the important issues,
- explain and understand each other’s proposals,
- clear up misunderstandings,
- explore creative solutions, and
- reach acceptable agreements.
The mediator does not tell you what to do or decide who's right or wrong. You each make your own decisions. Everything you say in mediation in confidential, except for any agreement you reach.
For more information visit the court's mediation page or review Mediation Information, PUB-15.
► Why should I sign up for this program?
This program can help you reach an agreement without having to go to court. This may:
- Give both sides the time they need. It may take weeks, or even months, for a landlord to go through the formal eviction process. Once a case is started, the judge may order the eviction quite quickly, but the rest of the process can take time. If you work out your own agreement, you both figure out a timeline that works for you.
- Save money. You can participate in this program without hiring a lawyer. If you reach an agreement, the landlord may not have to pay to start a court case.
- Be easier. Working out an agreement may be easier for a landlord that the formal process of removing a tenant from their rental unit. It can be stressful to fill out paperwork and argue in front of a judge. In this program, you can meet with a mediator in an informal environment instead.
- Help you find creative solutions. Every dispute between a landlord and a tenant is different. Mediation can help you work out an agreement that works for both of you. It takes each person’s situation into account. Your agreement may find a way for the tenant to stay, or it may be an agreement about when the tenant moves out.
- Prevent the bad effects of an eviction. Working out an agreement may prevent a tenant from getting an eviction on their record. An eviction may make it more difficult for the tenant to rent in the future. It also makes the tenant ineligible for Alaska housing benefits for 5 years.
► How do I sign up?
To sign up, use the Tenant Sign-Up or the Landlord Sign-Up webpage surveys or call 907-264-0883.
► What happens after I sign up for this program?
Court staff will ask the other person if they want to participate in the program. If you both agree, the court will schedule a mediation with a volunteer mediator. If the other person does not agree, court staff will let you know.
► What happens if we come to an agreement?
The mediator can help you draft a written agreement that you both sign. If you both want, the agreement can be filed in court.
► What happens if we don’t come to an agreement?
If you do not agree on what should happen, the landlord may choose to follow the regular court process. The landlord would need to prove that the tenant should be evicted. The tenant can tell the judge their side of the story and argue any defenses that might stop the eviction. The judge would then decide who wins.
► Where can I learn more about the eviction process?
Visit the Housing Issues webpages.Follow the link above.
We will keep you updated on any new developments.
You can find the new forms and the Provisional Rules for the Eviction Diversion Program click here
Hope this helps,
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