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Do I have to officially fire my attorney on record to do so?
In a word, "yes". Once you have no attorney, they have to deal with you directly. Even with an attorney you can go directly to the other client and work out a settlement if you wish. I caution you though you cannot work out a settlement and at the same time request that the judge make decisions on certain issues. An eviction case is either settled or tried.
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I don't know what is the common practice in your jurisdiction every judge handles these cases differently. If you breached the contract for rental, then the end result will probably be an award of attorney fees, but that is not absolute, and if the other side demands more money than you think you should have to pay, then the matter should go to the judge. That means no settlement.