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“There are some amazing landlords in our community and some wonderful renters,” said Jaynes. “We know that it is hard work to be a good landlord and hard work to be a good tenant.”

It is a purely “temporary solution,” but the efforts to promote mediation could provide a model for reducing the long-term eviction rate from Tulsa, said Stacy Schusterman, chairman of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, which is co-funding the effort the Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Fund, administered by the Tulsa Community Foundation and Tulsa Area United Way.

“We look forward to significant changes in the county eviction report,” said Schusterman, “as we begin a process of building better relationships between landlords and tenants through mediation and other collaborative efforts.”

The Early Settlement Mediation Program, sponsored by Tulsa County and the Oklahoma Supreme Court, has a 75% success rate, said Becky Gligo, director of housing policy for the city.

“If these funds can provide an incentive to find new ways to address landlords / tenants’ concerns,” said Gligo, “it will ultimately benefit both parties and our community.”

Meanwhile, Tulsa University’s Terry West Civil Legal Clinic is calling for sweeping reforms in the county eviction court.

Law students monitored the file for about two months before the COVID-19 shutdown began, and they observed several “obstacles to tenant justice,” according to a report the school released this week.

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