About The Author

Kevin Hirzel, 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. He is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers Board of Governors and is a two (2) time winner of the best manuscript award at the CCAL National Law Seminar. Kevin Hirzel presently sits on the Community Associations Institute’s Board of Trustees, which has more than 40,000 members and 64 chapters worldwide. He also serves as a Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section Committee for Condominiums, PUDs & Cooperatives.

Kevin Hirzel was named a Leading Lawyer in Michigan from 2018 to 2020 by Leading Lawyers Magazine, which is a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed in Michigan. He has been named a Michigan “Rising Star” in real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2013 to 2020, a designation is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in Michigan each year.

Kevin Hirzel wrote the book on condominium law as he is the author of “Hirzel Handbook: How to operate a Michigan Condo or HOA.” He has published more than 30 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 has been interviewed on community association legal issues by various media outlets throughout the country, such as C&G Newspapers, CNBC, Common Ground Magazine, Community Association Management Insider, the Detroit News, Dr. Drew Midday Live on KABC Radio, Fox Business News, HOALeader.com, Law & Crime Network, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, NPR, WWJ News Radio and WXYZ. Mr. Hirzel is a dynamic speaker and frequently lectures on community association law throughout Michigan, as well as nationally, and he has made over 45 presentations on community association law throughout his career.

Mr. Hirzel is surrounded by an outstanding team of condominium lawyers that have been recognized by Best Lawyers, Dbusiness Magazine, Martindale Hubbell, MichiganTopLawyer.com and Super Lawyers for the high level of representation they provide to their clients throughout the State of 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 operating your Michigan condo association or homeowners association? Hirzel’s Handbook is a step-by-step guide for everything you need to know to manage your Michigan community association written by condo association lawyers. This condo handbook was designed as a resource by a condo lawyer for volunteer board members and property managers to understand the basic principles of condo and HOA operations, as most board members and property managers only receive “on the job training.” Hirzel’s Handbook fills the void and provides sage advice for properly operating a community association. The book goes over important terms written by experienced condo attorneys, providing best practices and discussing the differences between attached condominiums, site condominiums and traditional homeowners associations. After reading Hirzel’s Handbook with information provided by condo lawyers, you will understand the basics in community association operations, how to navigate the transition from developer to owner control of an association, how to enforce the bylaws, best practices for collecting assessments and how to determine when your governing documents should be amended.



List of chapters in this eBook


The introduction lays the framework for the book by providing the reader insight on what the basic principles are that govern community associations, the different types of condominium projects and homeowners associations, and the difference between a site condominium and a traditional subdivision.

Chapter One

Chapter one lays out the standard items that a condominium association needs to perform on an annual basis. This chapter goes into detail about financial operations, governance, and general operations of a condominium association.

Chapter Two

Chapter two focuses on developer turnover when transitioning from developer control to owner control of a condominium association.

Chapter Three

Chapter three will help the reader understand how to enforce the governing documents or a condominium association.

Chapter Four

Chapter four discusses the methods that a condominium association can use to collect unpaid dues, how you can streamline the collection process, and what to do in situations when an owner is delinquent.

Chapter Five

Chapter five identifies common reasons why a condominium association must update its governing documents and outlines the process for updating condo bylaws.


The conclusion provides key takeaways for operating a condo association.