Section 35 of the Illinois Condominium & Common Interest Community Ombudsperson Act requires all associations to adopt a written policy for resolving complaints made by owners no later than January 1, 2019. 

While it remains to be seen how the state will enforce this requirement, condo boards can more effectively address owner complaints if a written policy is in place.

The written policy must include:

1. A sample form on which an owner may submit a complaint to the association

2. A description of the process by which complaints are to be delivered to the association

3. A timeline and manner of making a final determination in response to a complaint

4. A requirement that the association issue a written final determination within 180 days after the association received the owner's complaint

In order to adopt a written policy for resolving owner complaints, the association must send notice of the proposed written policy to its members and pass a resolution adopting the written policy at a board meeting. 

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