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Landlord and Tenant Settlement Conference Program

The Landlord and Tenant Settlement Conference Program is a way to help residential landlords and tenants talk about their situation with the help of a "facilitator", a neutral helper, to see if a settlement can be reached before an eviction case is filed or, if an eviction case has already been filed, to see if an agreement can be reached between the parties before the court makes a decision in the eviction case. There is no cost to participants for participating in this program. (Note: This program does not provide any direct financial assistance, but may provide information for other programs that might be able to help financially.)

A flyer can be printed or shared to social media (PDF format) (JPG format) to inform landlords and tenants about this statewide program.

Residential landlords and tenants wanting to participate in a settlement conference should create a facilitation request. Both parties must agree to participate and only one settlement conference is permitted between the parties under this program. If you are requesting a conference and have a pending court case, there will need to be at least 15-20 days between the date of the request and the court date. If parties wish to have a conference and the court hearing date is fewer than 15 days away, the parties have the option to request a continuance from the court to allow time to participate in the settlement conference program.

Create and view facilitation requests

After a request is submitted, the Fast-Track Facilitation system will send an email to both the requesting party and the non-requesting party, if available, from a "no reply" email. This message will provide key information regarding the status of your request as well as the email address and phone number to contact our program staff. If the non-requesting party does not respond to the automated request to confirm participation, the program staff will contact the non-requesting party to confirm willingness to participate. Once parties have agreed, a facilitator will be assigned to work with the parties.  

The facilitator will work directly with you to schedule the settlement conference. The facilitator’s role is to support a fair conversation between the parties and provide guidance or information to help the parties in their discussion. The facilitator may not represent either party or provide legal advice. 

Parties will:

  • attend the settlement conference on the date and time scheduled
  • understand that the settlement conference may be conducted over Zoom or telephone, or held in person if agreed to by both parties and the facilitator
  • have the proper documents and information available to discuss during the conference. See below.
  • communicate with both the facilitator and the other party to see if their issues can be resolved prior to filing a court case or prior to the next court hearing if a case has already been filed
  • review tips for participating in a remote conference. While they are written for participating in a court hearing, these same tips apply to facilitated settlement conferences
  • agree that the facilitator will e-file with the court any settlement agreements reached if a case has already been filed

Questions about this program can be sent to ltsettlementconference@courts.in.gov. Information can also be found on Housing & Eviction During COVID-19.

Landlords | Tenants | Facilitators

Landlords

You should have the following documents and information available for the settlement conference:
Consider the following questions to prepare for the settlement conference:
  • Is property a CARES Act covered property?
  • What is the date of last rent payment?
  • Was tenant current when last rent payment was made?
  • Were late fees charged during the moratorium?
  • What is the amount of monthly rent?
  • Was a security deposit paid? If so, what amount?
  • Is payment made to the landlord or a property manager?
  • What is the start date of lease/residence at this property by tenant?
  • Did tenant experience unemployment or underemployment due to COVID?
  • Did parties seek rental assistance? If so, what source? Is it approved or pending approval?
  • Is the property federally subsidized?

Tenants

You should have the following documents and information available for the settlement conference:
  • Lease and any additional written agreements
  • Last pay stub, hours working per pay period
  • Information on when lost job or hours reduced, when returning to work or increased hours
  • Proof of all payments, at a minimum proof of payments since dispute began, including any rent and repair receipts
  • Calculation of balance due and owing
  • Information on financial resources - last bank statement, amount of other financial obligations (i.e. child support, medical bills, car payments, etc.)
  • Documentation regarding applications for rental assistance
  • Documentation regarding pending applications/appeals for unemployment insurance benefits
  • Documentation regarding unreceived CARES Act stimulus funds 
Consider the following questions to prepare for the settlement conference:
  • Is property a CARES Act covered property?
  • What is the date of last rent payment?
  • Was tenant current when last rent payment was made?
  • Were late fees charged during the moratorium?
  • What is the amount of monthly rent?
  • Was a security deposit paid? If so, what amount?
  • Is payment made to the landlord or a property manager?
  • What is the start date of lease/residence at this property by tenant?
  • Did tenant experience unemployment or underemployment due to COVID?
  • Did parties seek rental assistance? If so, what source? Is it approved or pending approval?
  • Is the property federally subsidized?

Facilitators

Currently, the Office of Judicial Administration is no longer accepting new facilitators. We appreciate your interest and encourage you to check back for announcements regarding future opportunities.

Due to the availability for remote conferencing, facilitators will be assigned matters without geographical limitations.

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Getting help with your case

Court staff cannot give legal advice.

If you have questions about handling a legal matter, please contact a lawyer. See Getting Legal Help for some resources.

Contact your local clerk's office about where to file your forms, or learn about how to e-file.