About The Author

Kevin Hirzel is the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, which focuses its practice on condominium and homeowners association law. Hirzel Law has offices in Farmington, Grand Rapids, Sterling Heights, and Traverse City Michigan, as well as Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Hirzel is a fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”), a prestigious designation given to less than 175 attorneys in the country.  He has served as a member of the Community Associations Institute’s (“CAI”) National Board of Trustees, the national CCAL Board of Governors, and the national CAI 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. He is the Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section Committee for Condominiums, PUDs & Cooperatives. Mr. Hirzel has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Super Lawyers and was also named a “Go-To-Lawyer” in condominium and real estate law by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.

Mr. Hirzel has been interviewed on community association legal issues by various media outlets throughout the country, such as 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.

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.