| Out of Court Binding Dispute Resolution is the Solution
also known as med-arb (mediators with decision making authority)
|Colorado HOA Forum: Homeowner Advocates
|OUT OF COURT BINDING DISPUTE RESOLUTION, THAT'S A FACT
We already have mediation in State Law and most HOA by-laws (governing documents).
add time, cost, uncertainty, and more process to an already weak HOA enforcement system.
Homeowners want an accessible and affordable HOA enforcement system and one that
has a defined process from beginning to end. An enforcement process that renders
decisions expeditiously and based on HOA law and their own by-laws. An HOA legal
enforcement process that is out of court for most homeowner complaints and is binding.
The idea of mandatory mediation contradicts all the positive aspects we advocate in
enforcing HOA law. Mediation, optional or mandatory, is an enforcement system based on
"hope", "if", and "maybe" not certainty of a decision nor does it bring the feature of finality in
system for a judgement; and this process will require homeowners to gamble several
hundred dollars on a mediation session that in many cases will not result in any or only a
partial decision which is simply unacceptable and unaffordable for homeowners.
The idea is to resolve complaints, have decisions rendered, make dispute resolution
affordable and accessible. Our proposal of med-arb meets this criteria. Mediation,
mandatory or not, will simply add more process, time, cost, and uncertainty to dispute
resolution which is no one's goal.
|Comparison of Dispute Resolution Processes
Med-Arb, Mediation (Mandatory Mediation), Court
|Mediators in Colorado: they are not solution to binding decisions
on HOA complaints
No mandated credentials
No mandated background/educational requirements on HOA law
No oversight by State regulators or enforcement of professional standards
No required background checks
No process to legally remove unethical mediators from practicing
No formal vetting, review, or examination of those practicing mediation on HOA cases
The below professions are licensed but HOA mediators who can be assigned to resolve your
complaint have no State professional requirements, anyone can be a mediator!
Standards and licensing for those listening to and making decision on HOA complaints don't exist.
Mediation has been available to Coloradans for 30 years to resolve HOA issues and the
HOA has received thousands of complaints/inquiries since inception: this is not the solution
|This is basically the same process DORA
uses for CAM complaints
WHY NOT FOR HOA HOME OWNER DISPUTE
|It is just not true that home owners can't choose court
Homeowners can still choose to file their complaint in court
vs out of court binding dispute resolution, no home owner's
rights are sacraficed
|State HOA Study Recommends
Out of Court Binding Dispute Resolution
|The Truth About the Cost to Taxpayers to Implement an Out of Court Dispute Resolution Process
Out of court binding dispute resolution for HOA disputes will cost taxpayers nothing, as in zero: it is
paid for by HOA Registration Fees and/or complaint filing fees. The State HOA Office already funds
from registration fee a complaint filing, vetting, classifying, recording, and reporting system. Any fee
increase in HOA Registration fees to fund this program would amount to approximately less $.50 per
home owner per year . The legal cost savings to HOAs would offset any fees increase hundreds of