Last week, I entered into an agreement for judgment. Unfortunately, I didn't notice the check mark awarding judgment to my landlord on the agreement. It was signed in mediation and the agreement was hand-written by the Housing Specialist.
The judgment is for $0 and possession of my apartment to my landlord with the execution being stayed until Sept. 1, 2010.
Orally, I never agreed to hand over possession - just to move out by a future date. I should have never mediated and just gone to trial as I had a strong case. I thought we were negotiating a settlement or a "stipulation" as I guess it is called. Nevertheless, I signed the agreement, so I guess I must live with it.
What I'm now concerned about is that I now have a judgment against me and that this could cause a future landlord to refuse to rent to me. I'm also concerned about having a judgment against me on court records, in credit reports, and during background checks with employers.
What is the best course of action to resolve and remove this judgment? I’ve already tried to get the other party to agree to keep the terms of the agreement and agree To Vacate The Judgment And Convert To A Stipulation. They're refusing to cooperate as they don't want to deal with it.
I'm now considering filing a Motion To Vacate The Judgment And Convert To A Stipulation. I'm also considering waiting until I move out by Aug. 31, 2010, and sometime shortly thereafter, file a Motion To Dismiss so I can get this judgment against me removed from the court record.
Please suggest the best course of action to resolve and remove this judgment.
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