About The Author

Kevin Hirzel is the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, PLC and is a fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”), a prestigious designation given to less than 175 attorneys in the country, where he formerly served on the CCAL National Board of Governors.  He has also served as member of the Community Associations Institute’s (“CAI”) Board of Trustees and CAI’s Government and Public Affairs Committee.  On the state level, Mr. Hirzel served as the Co-Chair of the Michigan CAI Legislative Action Committee, where he assisted in drafting legislation and providing testimony to the Michigan legislature on various bills that impacted community associations. Mr. Hirzel is a member of the Real Property Law Section Council for the State Bar of Michigan and has served as the Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section Committee for Condominiums, PUDs & Cooperatives since 2017.

Kevin Hirzel has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan by Leading Lawyers magazine.  He has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” and a “Super Lawyer” in real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Mr. Hirzel was also named as a “Go-To-Lawyer” in condominium and real estate law by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.

He has authored numerous articles on community association law for publications such as the Michigan Community Association News, Michigan Real Property Review, Macomb County Bar Briefs, and the Washington Post. Mr. Hirzel is also the author of both the first and second editions of “Hirzel’s Handbook: How to operate a Michigan Condo or HOA”, which is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Mr. Hirzel has been interviewed on community association legal issues by various media outlets throughout the country, CBS, CNBC, Common Ground Magazine, Community Association Management Insider, Crain’s Detroit Business, the Dan Abrams Show on SiriusXM Radio, the Detroit News, Dr. Drew Midday Live on KABC Radio, Fox Business News, Fox News, HOALeader.com, the Law & Crime Network, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, Newsmax, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, WWJ, and WXYZ. Mr. Hirzel is a dynamic speaker and frequently lectures on community association law throughout Michigan, as well as nationally at the CAI National Law Seminar, and is a two-time winner of the best manuscript award at the CAI National Law Seminar.

Mr. Hirzel is surrounded by an outstanding team of condominium lawyers that have been recognized by Best Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, MichiganTopLawyer.com and Super Lawyers for the high level of representation they provide to their clients throughout the States of Illinois and Michigan. The condo association lawyers at Hirzel Law, PLC routinely represent condominium associations in updating condo bylaws, enforcing condo rules, collecting unpaid condo dues, litigation and providing opinions to our condominium association clients.

About Hirzel’s Handbook

Need help learning the legal requirements and best practices for operating a condominium or homeowners association? Hirzel’s Handbook is a step-by-step guide for everything you need to know to successfully manage a Michigan community association. The book was designed as a resource for volunteer board members and property managers to understand the basic principles of community association operations, as most board members and property managers only receive “on the job training.” Hirzel’s Handbook fills the void and provides sage advice from an experienced community association attorney on properly operating a community association and avoiding common problems.  The handbook covers operational issues, such as, architectural control decisions, association finances, corporate governance, meetings, and insurance. After reading Hirzel’s Handbook you will also understand how to handle more complex issues, such as transitioning an association from developer control, bylaw enforcement, collections, amending the governing documents, and Fair Housing. 



List of chapters in this Book


The introduction lays the framework for the book by providing the reader insight on what the basic principles are that govern community associations and the hierarchy of laws that apply to community associations.

Chapter One - Types of Community Associations

Chapter one lays out the different types of condominium projects in Michigan, including mandatory and voluntary homeowners associations, the differences between a site condominium and homeowners associations in platted subdivisions, master community associations, and summer resort associations.

Chapter Two - Community Association Operations

Chapter two focuses on community association operations, expanding on the financial operations, governance, general operations, and insurance.

Chapter Three - Transitioning the Association From Developer Control to Owner Control

Chapter three will help the reader understand how to transition the association from developer control to owner control.

Chapter Four - Enforcing the Governing Documents

Chapter four discusses the methods that a condominium association can use to enforce the governing documents.

Chapter Five - Collections

Chapter five covers community association collections and expands on how your condominium association can handle foreclosures, when a bank or other mortgage lender is obligated to pay assessments after a foreclosure, and what happens when an owner declares bankruptcy.

Chapter Six - Amending the Governing Documents

Chapter six discusses amending the governing documents, providing information regarding when your articles of incorporation need to be updated, when you should amend your master deed, condominium bylaws, or declaration, red flags that your governing documents may be outdated, the process for amending a master deed, condominium bylaws, or declaration, the types of amendments that do not require a co-owner vote, and how to properly use rule-making authority.

Chapter Seven - Fair Housing

Chapter seven focuses on fair housing, such as the process for fair housing claims, theories of liability under the Fair Housing Act, disability discrimination, familial discrimination, race, color, or national origin discrimination, religious discrimination, and sex discrimination.

Conclusion - Your Condo or HOA is What You Make of It!

The conclusion provides key takeaways for operating a condominium or homeowners association.