Types of disputes that HMP can mediate:
Outside of Court
- Tenant/Tenant (includes housing authorities, subsidized housing and co-housing communities)
- Condominium owners
- Property co-owners
- Animal Control (“barking dog” disputes)
Small Claims and Summary Process (eviction)
HMP mediators mediate small claims cases in five District Courts in the Greater Boston area: Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Malden, and Quincy as well as in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. HMP also mediates eviction cases in Chelsea District Court. Cases are mediated on the day of trial and if agreement is reached in mediation, it is filed with the court and carries “the weight of the court.” If an agreement is not reached the case will be returned to the court to be heard by the magistrate or judge the same day. You can request a mediator at the court when your case is scheduled to be heard.
Harassment Prevention Orders
HMP offers mediation for Harassment Prevention Orders in the Quincy and Malden District Courts as well as in the Cambridge and Waltham Juvenile Courts. Harassment Prevention Orders (HPOs) are civil restraining orders. The HPO cases which HMP mediates involve neighbors, family members, ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, former friends and tenants. Cases are screened by a judge for appropriateness and are not domestic restraining orders (209A).