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MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS RULES THAT CO-OWNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRE-EXISTING BYLAW VIOLATIONS AFTER PURCHASING CONDOMINIUM UNIT

Kevin Hirzel, Brandan Hallaq and Kayleigh Long of Hirzel Law, PLC represented the Fox Pointe Association in this case. In Fox Pointe Association v Ryal, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued July 23, 2019 (Docket No. 344232), the Michigan Court of...

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HB 4676: NEW PROCEDURES FOR REMOVING DISCRIMINATORY PROVISIONS FROM COVENANTS AND MASTER DEEDS

On May 24, 2019, Rep. Sarah Anthony introduced HB 4676 in order to make it easier for Michigan condominium associations and homeowners associations to remove discriminatory provisions from a covenant, declaration or master deed.  42 U.S.C. § 3604 of the Federal Fair...

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BRACE YOURSELF: DRONES ARE COMING TO A COMMUNITY NEAR YOU

Aerial photography, weather tracking, search and rescues – these are just a few things drones are being used for as they slowly integrate into our daily lives. Drones for recreational use can be purchased for as little as $30, and in June 2019, Amazon announced that...

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RESIDENTIAL USE V. NON-RESIDENTIAL USE IN MICHIGAN CONDOMINIUMS

In Michigan, many condominium documents contain a limitation that a Unit may be used for “residential purposes” only. Historically, an owner or the developer of a parcel of property could impose reasonable building, use, and occupancy restrictions on a parcel of...

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2019 LAW SEMINAR BEST MANUSCRIPT AWARD RECIPIENT KEVIN HIRZEL

Each year the CAI Law Seminar Planning Committee reviews over 50 presentations and topic submissions focused solely on community association law from over 100 potential presenters to determine the breakout sessions for the following year’s event. Only one-third of the...

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WXYZ DETROIT INTERVIEWS KEVIN HIRZEL ON THE THE DEBATE OVER HOA’S

WXYZ Detroit (Channel 7) recently interviewed Kevin Hirzel regarding the debate over HOA’s.  The interview discusses the pros and cons of Homeowner’s Associations, what you need to know before entering into binding agreements with your association and how your day to...

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Michigan Court rules that Homeowners Association did not violate Fair Housing Act in refusing fence for emotional support and service dogs

In Fox Bay Civic Assn, Inc v Creswell, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued May 30, 2019 (Docket No. 343384), the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a homeowners association could enforce its deed restrictions banning fences and that a disabled owner...

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VACATING A ROAD OR ALLEY UNDER THE LAND DIVISION ACT

In Michigan, a significant portion of commercial and residential real estate development occurs through the creation of either subdivisions or condominiums. Typically, an owner of a large parcel of land will establish a condominium or subdivision as a means of...

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MCL 559.148: HOW TO RELOCATE UNIT BOUNDARIES UNDER THE MICHIGAN CONDOMINIUM ACT

Michigan condominium associations and co-owners should be aware that the boundaries of condominium units are not necessarily fixed and may be changed provided that certain requirements are satisfied under the Michigan Condominium Act, MCL 559.101, et seq.  By way of...

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Court rules that the Michigan Condominium Act permits bylaws to allow for an Association to recover attorney’s fees for defending a lawsuit

In Stadler v Fontainebleau Condominiums Association, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued April 11, 2019 (Docket No. 343303), the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the plain language of the condominium bylaws permitted the condominium association to...

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