Amending Deed Restrictions: Giving Meaning to Successive Terms without Ignoring Declarant Intent

Amending Deed Restrictions: Giving Meaning to Successive Terms without Ignoring Declarant Intent

Introduction Restrictive covenants in Michigan are valuable property rights and have been effectively used to assist in the orderly development of Michigan communities.  The rights contained in restrictive covenants are used by developers to implement their community...
Amendment to the Marketable Record Title Act puts Michigan restrictive covenants at risk

Amendment to the Marketable Record Title Act puts Michigan restrictive covenants at risk

On December 31, 2018, SB 671 was enacted into law, via 2018 PA 572, in order to amend the Michigan Marketable Record Title Act. SB 671 was a lame duck bill that may have drastic consequences for Michigan condominiums and homeowners’ associations in the future.  Based...
HB 6304:  HOA’s could not ban or require approval for solar panels, clothes lines or wind turbines

HB 6304: HOA’s could not ban or require approval for solar panels, clothes lines or wind turbines

On September 5, 2018, Rep. Sheldon Neeley introduced HB 6304 in order to invalidate provisions in the governing documents of homeowners’ association that ban “energy-saving improvements” or require approval from a homeowner’s association to install an “energy-saving...
HB 5440: Michigan HOA’s could not prohibit the display of the American or State Flag

HB 5440: Michigan HOA’s could not prohibit the display of the American or State Flag

Michigan House Bill 5440 was introduced on January 24, 2018. HB 5540 would prohibit a Michigan homeowner’s association or neighborhood association from prohibiting the display of the United States flag or the state flag of Michigan. HB 5540 provides as follows: Sec....
WXYZ Detroit interviews Kevin Hirzel on emotional support animals and Senate Bill 663

WXYZ Detroit interviews Kevin Hirzel on emotional support animals and Senate Bill 663

WXYZ Detroit (Channel 7) recently interviewed Kevin Hirzel regarding the increase in requests for emotional support animals and how Senate Bill 663 would help to curb requests for fake emotional support animals.   The interview discusses how requests for emotional...