An experienced condo and homeowners association (HOA) lawyer is vital to any condominium and HOA in Grand Rapids. HOAs and condominium associations regularly encounter various legal issues, including amending HOA covenants, HOA collections, enforcement of HOA rules, contractual disputes, developer turnover issues and Fair Housing Act compliance. While each case is unique with a range of various circumstances, all necessitate the services of a skilled Grand Rapids condominium and HOA lawyer.
If you represent a Grand Rapids condominium or homeowners association, don’t try to handle these complex practices independently. Retain an experienced Grand Rapids condo and HOA lawyer at Hirzel Law, PLC, so you can be confident knowing we will manage each legal battle with your best interests in mind. Our award-winning Grand Rapids condominium and HOA attorneys are seasoned in all legal matters involving condo and homeowners association legal issues with our extensive knowledge of Michigan’s condo and HOA laws.
Why Should I Hire a Grand Rapids Condo/HOA Attorney?
Legal problems can arise when coordinating and contracting with owners, renters, or vendors. That is why working with experienced HOA attorneys, such as Hirzel Law, is invaluable. Hirzel Law serves as a trusted advisor and educator on intricate condo and HOA legal matters.
Legal Assistance for Grand Rapids Condominium Law Matters
Condominium associations regularly deal with legal issues that involve the professional knowledge of an experienced legal team. At Hirzel Law, our Grand Rapids condo attorneys have devoted their careers to helping condominium associations manage various legal issues while staying compliant with the Michigan Condominium Act. Retaining the services of a Grand Rapids condominium attorney is instrumental to condo associations in many ways, including:
Grand Rapids homeowners associations heavily depend on collecting HOA dues from property owners to afford essential services and operations. Whenever an owner neglects to pay an HOA assessment, the other owners are wrongfully forced to shoulder the HOA’s operating costs. At Hirzel Law, our Grand Rapids condominium and HOA lawyers can help your HOA collect unpaid HOA dues in a straightforward and efficient manner.
When your Grand Rapids homeowners associations needs knowledgeable legal counsel on collection matters, our attorneys at Hirzel Law provide invaluable support by:
- Drafting demand letters
- Recording HOA liens for unpaid HOA assessments
- Analyzing HOA Lien priority issues
- Foreclosing HOA Liens
- Filing lawsuits to obtain money judgments
- Collecting judgments
- Representing homeowners associations in bankruptcy or probate proceedings
HOA Attorney Fees & Costs Recovery
In most cases, the HOA can recoup the HOA lawyer’s costs and fees from the collection process. Keeping in mind that reasonable attorney’s fees and other costs are added onto the unpaid dues that are to be paid by the delinquent owner, Grand Rapids homeowners associations do not have a reason for neglecting to take legal action to collect unpaid HOA dues.
HOA & Condominium Contracts
Grand Rapids condominium associations and HOAs often enter into contractual agreements for services essential to managing the condo association and HOA. These frequently include issues relating to:
- Cable and internet service
- Modification agreement
- Professional property management
- Snow plowing
Bear in mind that an experienced lawyer should write most condo association and HOA contracts and evaluate major agreements to protect the condo and HOA’s interests. When you retain Hirzel Law, you can depend on our lawyers remedying any problems that arise should a vendor breach their contract with your condominium or homeowners association.
Hirzel Law’s condominium and HOA attorneys frequently represent condo associations when developers transition control of the condominium association to the co-owners. Additionally, Hirzel Law represents condo associations in matters pertaining to successor developers when they take control of the original developer or attempt to re-develop an unfinished condominium project.
Our Grand Rapids condo lawyers aid condominium associations with numerous issues concerning developers and successor developers, such as:
- Calling the first annual meeting to elect co-owner directors
- Construction defect litigation
- Contract review
- Financial audits and reviews
- Failing to pay dues and proportionate share of expenses
- Fraud and misrepresentation claims
- Unlawful contraction of a condominium
- Unauthorized expansion of a condominium
- Elimination of “need not be built” units under MCL 559.167
- Recreational facilities
- Reserve funding
- Warranty claims
Grand Rapids Condo Association Elections & Meetings
Meeting and elections are crucial in an effectively managed condo association. Hirzel Law’s condo and HOA attorneys understand the appropriate procedures associated with the management board meetings, annual meetings, and special meetings. We frequently attend condo association meetings, and our aptitude ranges from issue-specific sessions to managing the entire meeting.
We represent our condominium association clients and manage the following issues relating to meetings:
- Obtaining Co-Owner Consent to electronic notice
- Counting ballots
- Officer qualifications
- Drafting meeting notices
- Drafting proxies
- Director qualifications
- Electing directors
- Establishing quorum
- Meeting minutes
- Mortgagee voting
- Designation of voting representatives
- Remote participation
- Robert’s Rules of Order
- Voter eligibility
- Voting outside of a meeting
HOA Insurance Coverage
Grand Rapids condo associations have numerous insurance policies that usually cover:
- General liability
- Workers’ compensation
- Crime or Fidelity bond coverage
- Directors’ and officers’ insurance
Insurance companies in Grand Rapids commonly dispute whether claims are covered under an HOA insurance policy or deny the claim altogether. Similarly, if the Michigan condominium bylaws are unclear, disagreements can arise between the HOA’s insurance carrier and the insurance carrier for a co-owner that provides an HO-6 policy.
The Grand Rapids condo lawyers at Hirzel Law have helped many condo associations navigate the insurance claims procedure. Whether that requires filing actions for breach of contract or declaratory relief when insurance claims have been unreasonably denied, our HOA clients can depend on us to represent their best interests no matter what challenges insurance companies present.
HOA Opinion Letters
Condominium associations and HOAs often require legal counsel interpreting the master deed, condo bylaws, Michigan state law, or federal law. Hirzel Law’s condo and HOA lawyers regularly deliver opinion letters to HOAs and condo associations concerning the following matters:
- Amending condo documents
- Board authority
- Bylaw enforcement
- Co-owner liability
- Developer liability
- Fair Housing Act compliance
- Insurance claims
- Maintenance responsibilities
- Michigan Condominium Act compliance
- Nonprofit Corporation Act compliance
- OTARD/FCC antenna rules
- Voting requirements
Condo Association Rules & Regulations
Condo associations in Grand Rapids are permitted to execute reasonable HOA rules to apply the condo bylaws. In most cases, the board of directors can implement HOA rules and regulations without the co-owner’s vote. Hirzel Law’s Grand Rapids condo and HOA lawyers draft standard rules and regulations for condominium associations, including:
- Architectural control procedures
- Bylaw enforcement policies
- Board of directors codes of conduct
- Clubhouse rules
- Collection policies
- Fair Housing Act accommodation policies
- Fine procedures
- Maintenance matrixes
- Modification request procedures
- Parking rules
- Pet policies
- Pool rules
- Recreational facilities usage policies
- Satellite dish/antenna rules
Obtain Ongoing Legal Aid with a Premium Service Plan for Grand Rapids HOA & Condo Associations
Condominium associations and HOAs require legal services all year long. For that reason, Hirzel Law offers a Premium Service Plan for Grand Rapids condo associations and homeowners associations to provide further resources for our clients to duly manage their community associations. Our Premium Service Plan includes the following benefits for an annual fee:
- Preparation of a Condominium or HOA Report Card to evaluate your governing documents
- Attendance at one board meeting a year, upon request of the board
- Review of any HOA Board Meeting minutes
- Access to our online library of standardized condo and HOA forms
- Access to our online collection portal to view the current status of your HOA collections
- Attendance for all board members to ask general questions on our monthly Hirzel Hotline calls
- Attendance for all board members at Hirzel Law webinars that are presented throughout the year
- Hirzel Law will serve as the Resident Agent for the condo or HOA upon request of the board
Contact an Experienced Grand Rapids Condominium & HOA Lawyer Today
Condominium and HOA lawyers play an essential role in Grand Rapids community associations. At Hirzel Law, PLC, we know the challenges that condominium and homeowners associations deal with when met with complicated HOA legal affairs. We strongly advise that your condominium or HOA retain the services of an experienced HOA attorney to counsel your community association to resolve any disputes as they occur proactively.
We are here to help condo associations and HOA boards understand and stay in compliance with Michigan and federal law. Our ability to remain on the verge of community association and real estate law has won our firm various awards from Best Lawyers, the Community Association Institute’s College of Community Association Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Michigan Top Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. Our Grand Rapids condo association and HOA attorneys have earned a reputation for highly responsive customer service and client education.
Let the award-winning condo and HOA lawyers at Hirzel Law handle the challenging legal matters for you. Talk to an experienced Grand Rapids HOA attorney about your situation today by completing a contact form or calling 248-986-2290.