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How to File an Arbitration Request

Step One:

GavelHousePiggyBankIs your dispute qualfied for the arbitration process? This is generally defined as contractual issues and questions and specific non-contractual issues and questions defined in Standards of Practice 17-4, including entitlement to commissions and compensation in cooperative transactions that arise out of the business relationships between REALTORS® and their clients and customers, as specified in Part Ten, Section 44, Duty and Privilege to Arbitrate.

If you are involved in a dispute over ethical conduct, this is most likely a matter for an Ethics Hearing.

Step Two:

If you have an arbitrable dispute, you must determine whether or not you are eligible to file a request for arbitration:

  1. Every REALTOR® of the Association who is a principal broker of a real estate firm shall have the right to invoke the Association's arbitration facilities in any dispute arising out of the real estate business with a REALTOR® who is a principal broker in another real estate firm.
  2. A REALTOR® other than a principal shall have the right to invoke the arbitration facilities of the Association in a business dispute with a REALTOR® in another firm, whether in the same or different Association/Board, provided the principal broker with whom he is associated joins in the arbitration request, and request the arbitration with the principal broker of the other firm. Arbitration in such cases shall be between the principal. REALTOR® non-principals who invoke arbitration in this manner, or who are affiliated with a respondent and have a vested financial interest in the outcome, have the right to be present throughout the proceedings and to participate but are not considered to be parties.
  3. A client of a REALTOR® principal may invoke the arbitration facilities of the Association in a business dispute with a REALTOR® principal arising out of an agency relationship, provided the client agrees to be bound by the arbitration. In the event of such request and agreement the Association will arbitrate the dispute subject to the provisions of Part Ten, Section 45. A REALTOR® principal may also invoke arbitration against his client's voluntary agreement to arbitrate to be bound by the decision.

Step Three:

If you have determined that the dispute is qualified for the arbitration process and that you are eligible to file, the request must be in writing on the appropriate form. You can download the pdf Arbitration Request form . In the request you must indicate the nature of the controversy, the amount in dispute and the request must be accompanied by the required deposit of $50 for members or $150 for non-members. Requests for Arbitration must be filed within 180 days after the closing of the transaction, if any, or within 180 days after the facts constituting the arbitrable matter could have been known in the excercise of reasonable diligence, whichever is later.

Send the entire package, keeping a copy for yourself, to:

GBRAR
Attn: Debbie Bonfanti
14101 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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