Housing mediation tender plans met with criticism
Via the Legal Action Group:
Plans announced by the Ministry of Justice for a pilot to test remote mediation for housing cases have been criticised by a leading housing lawyer.
The MoJ is asking firms and other suppliers to tender to run a pilot remote mediation service. It says that the aim of the pilot is to ‘facilitate settlement without a substantive hearing where possible’.
.... according to the information from the MoJ, the tender will be issued on Monday 23 November 2020 and the deadline for bids is 8 December. The contract start date is scheduled for 11 January 2021.
Update today from MHCLG -
A new mediation pilot will further support landlords and renters who face court procedures and potential eviction from next month (February). It will offer mediation as part of the possession process to try and help landlords and tenants to reach a mutual agreement and keep people in their homes.
Helping to resolve disputes through mediation will enable courts to prioritise urgent cases, supporting landlords and tenants to resolve issues quickly without the need for a formal hearing. The mediation pilot will work within the existing court arrangements in England and Wales.