When Can Mediation Be Useful for Landlords and Tenants?

  •  Establish workable payments plans for both the landlord and tenant to avoid an eviction 
  •  Address deposits, maintenance and other issues

Benefits of Mediation for Landlord and Tenants:

  •  Allows a landlord and tenant to work together to come up with a workable solution for both sides
  • Saves time and expense of going through the court system  

The federal moratorium on evictions established by the CARES Act ended on July 25, 2020.  The CDC, under 42 CFR 70.2 in an attempt to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, issued an Order effective September 4, 2020 that provides another eviction moratorium until December 31, 2020.  Under the Order, a tenant is required to submit a declaration to their Landlord. Copies of the CDC Moratorium and the Declaration Form can be found at the links below.  The Order does not halt all evictions- only those specifically covered under the Order.  The Order also does not affect a tenant’s contractual obligations to pay rent at the expiration of the Order on December 31, 2020.  




¿Cuándo puede ser útil la mediación para propietarios e inquilinos?

  •  Establecer planes de pagos viables tanto para el arrendador como para el inquilino para evitar un desalojo
  •  Abordar depósitos, mantenimiento y otros problemas

Beneficios de la mediación para el propietario y los inquilinos:

  •  Permite que un arrendador y el inquilino trabajen juntos para llegar a una solución viable para ambas partes
  • Ahorra tiempo y gastos por que no tiene que pasar por el sistema judicial 

La moratoria federal de los desalojos establecida por la Ley CARES finalizó el 25 de julio de 2020.  Los CDC, en 42 CFR 70.2 es un intento de prevenir la propagación de COVID-19, emitieron una Orden a partir del 4 de septiembre de 2020 que proporciona otra moratoria del desalojo hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020.  En virtud de la Orden, se requiere que el inquilino presente una declaración a su propietario. Las copias de la Moratoria de la CDC y el Formulario de Declaración se pueden encontrar en los enlaces a continuación.  La Orden no detiene todos los desalojos, sólo los que están específicamente cubiertos por la Orden.  La Orden tampoco afecta a las obligaciones contractuales del inquilino de pagar el alquiler al vencimiento de la Orden el 31 de diciembre de 2020.


People’s Legal Aid (statewide legal nonprofit representing tenants) Explanation and CDC Declaration Form (in English and Spanish):

Also Found at: (Explanation in English and Spanish)

Landlord Housing Assistance Program

Recent Media:

October 15, 2020 Facebook:  
What is Happening with Housing?
   Watch Now

Listen to an in-depth discussion of the CDC Eviction Moratorium. Hosted by Ciriac Alvarez Valle of Voices for Utah Children.

  • Marcus Dugan - Utah Legal Services
  • Gretchen Lee - Mountain Mediation Center

August 13, 2020 KPCW:  
MMC Offers Free Services and Events as Evictions Loom
  Listen Now

Aug 2, 2020 Deseret NewsLimited Help Available - Read Article
By Annie Knox@anniebknox  
  ‘It’s pretty overwhelming’: Limited help available for Utahns behind on rent Tenant advocates beefing up services ahead of anticipated wave of evictions


Additional Resources:

Utah Apartment Association (sample rent deferment agreements)

Utah Housing CoalitionCOVID-19 - UHC (includes tips for tenants when can’t pay rent)

2020 Renter Toolkit available in English  &  Spanish.
Published by the Utah Housing Coalition, this is a useful resource for both landlords and tenants.  It provides information on how to be a successful tenant, as well as an explanation of renters’ rights under the law.

Tenant Assistance with Letter to Landlord:

Utah Courts Self-Help Center (English and Spanish):
Or Call:  888.683.0009


MMC will work with landlords and tenants to modify current leases.  MMC does not provide any legal advice or legal services.