Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Condominium Ombudsman Plans to Use Mediation - Without Lawyers!

This article in the Sun-Sentinel announced that the Governor has appointed a retired Fort Lauderdale doctor and lawyer to serve as the first condominium ombudsman in the nation, a position that will require him to educate more than 1 million condo owners and to resolve disputes with their 17,000 associations. Watch for homeowner associations to be added in the next Legislative session.

Rather than have formal arbitration hearings, he plans to have informal mediation hearings and probably won't allow attorneys on either side. Imagine that! Here's the story.

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