A Miami-Dade judge has moved out of the mainstream by imposing sanctions on a bank for attempting to delay finalizing a foreclosure — a tactic seen by the defense as a way to avoid taking title and becoming responsible for the payment of association fees.

Shortly before the Christmas holiday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lester Langer denied Chase Home Finance’s request to delay its foreclosure of a unit at Aventura’s two-tower Coronado Condos, instead ordering a $100-a-day fine unless it moves the case forward. The lender has until Jan. 15 to proceed with a trial or get a summary judgment hearing before the penalty would be assessed.

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