Addressing the Eviction Crisis and Housing Instability Through Mediation

33 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020 Last revised: 1 Sep 2020

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Karen L. Tokarz

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Sam Stragand

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Geigerman

United States Arbitration & Mediation

Wolf Smith

Washington University School of Law

Date Written: April 27, 2020

Abstract

The United States faces a massive eviction crisis. There were 128.6 million households in the United States in 2019, of which 37% were renters; of those 47.6 million renter households, more than two million, or one in every twenty-five, were at risk of losing their homes through evictions. Current and future economic challenges, such as that brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, will inevitably increase evictions and exacerbate housing instability. While eviction lawsuits are an important legal remedy, evictions lead to homelessness, harm family member health, cost landlords money, destabilize the housing market, disrupt neighborhoods, increase crime, and overwhelm the courts. Many aspects of mediation make it a more just and effective dispute resolution approach than court evictions. This Article demonstrates the effectiveness of mediation and advocates for increased use of mediation to decrease evictions and housing instability.

Keywords: housing, eviction, mediation, housing crisis, covid-19

Suggested Citation

Tokarz, Karen Louise and Stragand, Sam and Geigerman, Michael and Smith, Wolf, Addressing the Eviction Crisis and Housing Instability Through Mediation (April 27, 2020). 63 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 243, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-04-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3586620

Karen Louise Tokarz (Contact Author)

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Sam Stragand

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Michael Geigerman

United States Arbitration & Mediation ( email )

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Wolf Smith

Washington University School of Law ( email )

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