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Experienced condo lawyers for all your condominium association legal needs.

Michigan Condo Association Lawyers

Legal Services for Michigan Condominium Associations and Condo Boards

It is important for condominium associations to have experienced lawyers who focus their practice on condominium law. Whether you need to resolve contractual disputes with vendors, pursue wrongfully denied insurance claims, assure your interests are represented in board meetings, or you just need advice or written opinions, we can help.


Why It’s Wise to Work with a Michigan Condo Lawyer

Condominium associations play an important role in preserving property values, managing finances, enforcing rules, maintaining common areas, and more. Condo boards of directors volunteer their time to serve their communities to the best of their abilities. But this often-thankless job can become embroiled in legal issues involving the condo association and co-owners, vendors, insurers, or developers.

That’s why it is wise to work with general counsel as your advisor, advocate, and educator. We can help condominium associations and HOA boards make sense of condo law issues. Let the award-winning condo lawyers at Hirzel Law, PLC resolve your complex issues with ease.


General Counsel Condominium Law Services

With our depth and breadth of experience, we understand condominium law inside and out. Here are just a few of the areas in which we can assist.

 

Contracts

Condominium associations routinely enter into contracts for services that are essential to operating the condominium association. These may include things like:

  • Construction
  • Cable/Internet service
  • Insurance
  • Landscaping
  • Maintenance
  • Modification agreement
  • Professional property management
  • Repairs
  • Snowplowing

ll condominium contracts should be in writing and all major contracts should be reviewed by an attorney to protect the interests of the condominium association. If a vendor breaches its contract with a condominium association, then the attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC can help resolve these issues. We frequently litigate breach of contract claims in court.

 

Developer Liability

The transition from a condominium association being developer controlled to co-owner controlled is the most critical phase in the lifecycle of a condominium. Unfortunately, many co-owners and new board members have little experience in determining whether a developer has fulfilled its obligations under the Michigan Condominium Act and condominium documents.

The attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC frequently represent condominium associations in issues that arise out of the transition control from the developer to the co-owners. We also represent condo associations in issues involving successor developers that later step into the shoes of the developer or attempt to re-develop a failed or incomplete condominium project.

Common issues that we assist Michigan condominium associations with related to developers and successor developers include:

  • Calling the first annual meeting
  • Construction defect litigation
  • Contract review
  • Electing co-owner directors
  • Financial audits/reviews
  • Failing to pay assessments/expenses
  • Fraud/Misrepresentation claims
  • Illegal contraction of a condominium
  • Illegal expansion of a condominium
  • Elimination of “need not be built” units under MCL 559.167
  • Recreational facilities
  • Reserve funding
  • Warranty claims

 

Elections/Meetings

Properly run elections and meetings are a hallmark of a well-run condominium association. The attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC are well versed in the proper procedures involved with running a board meeting, annual meeting, or special meeting. We frequently attend association meetings and our roles range from issue-specific presentations to running the meeting from start to finish. We assist our condominium association clients with the following issues associated with meetings:

  • Agendas
  • 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

 

Insurance Coverage

Condominium associations have various insurance policies that typically cover fire, vandalism, general liability, workmen’s compensation, fidelity bond coverage and/or directors’ and officers’ insurance. It is not uncommon for insurance carriers to deny claims and/or to have disputes arise as to what type of repairs are required or covered under an insurance policy or the condominium documents.

Similarly, if the repair and insurance policies are not aligned in the condominium bylaws, then disputes often arise between the insurance carrier for a co-owner’s HO-6 policy and the insurance carrier for the condominium association. The attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC have experience in guiding condominium associations through the insurance claims process and filing actions for declaratory relief or breach of contract when insurance claims have been wrongfully denied.

 

Opinion Letters

Condominium associations frequently require guidance with respect to the interpretation of their master deed, condominium bylaws, state law, or federal law. The attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC frequently provide opinion letters to condominium associations relating to the following issues:

  • Amending condominium 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

 

Rules and Regulations

Condominium associations are permitted to adopt reasonable rules and regulations to implement the condominium bylaws. In most cases, the board of directors is permitted to adopt rules and regulations without a vote of the co-owners. Common rules and regulations that Hirzel Law, PLC drafts for condominium associations are as follows:

  • 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

 

Premium Service Plan

Most of our condo association clients require our services multiple times a year. Whether running meetings, collecting unpaid assessments, or drafting documents, we handle many processes for our clients. That’s why our Premium Service Plan makes sense for condo association clients. For an annual fee of just $999, our Premium Service Plan provides an estimated value of $5,000 in services, including:

  • Condominium Report Card
  • Board meetings
  • Meeting minutes
  • Online library
  • Online collection portal
  • Hirzel Hotline monthly call
  • Hirzel Law seminars
  • Resident agent

Contact us about our Premium Service Plan »


The Right Michigan Condominium Lawyers for Your Needs

Clients come to us with huge, messy problems because of our track record in solving them. Our cutting-edge thinking and exceptional legal skills have garnered us numerous awards. Through client education and responsive customer service, our highly satisfied clients stick with us year after year.


Contact Our Attorneys for Help with Michigan Condo Association Legal Issues

Our team of award-winning condo lawyers is ready and willing to help. Contact Hirzel Law PLC online or call 248-478-1800 (Farmington) or 231-486-5600 (Traverse City) to discuss your condominium law issues with an experienced attorney.

Farmington MI Office

37085 Grand River Ave, Ste 200
Farmington, MI 48335
(248) 478-1800
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm

 

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Traverse City MI Office

1001 Bay St., Suite E
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 486-5600
Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: By Appointment

 

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