Court rules that Michigan HOA cannot collect assessments after restrictive covenant expires

In Deghetto v Beaumont’s Seven Harbors White and Duck Lack Association, issued June 22, 2017 (Docket No. 330972) (Unpublished Opinion), the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a homeowners’ association could not continue to collect assessments after the restrictive covenant expired. In Deghetto, the plaintiffs were the owners of multiple lots in six separate subdivisions in Highland Township, Michigan

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Security Cameras in Michigan Condominium Projects

Whether inside a grocery store, at a gas station or even in your neighborhood, security cameras are everywhere in modern society.  As technology evolves and cheaper and better cameras come onto the market each year, Michigan condominiums are experiencing an increase in surveillance and/or security camera usage.  Security cameras raise significant legal questions that impact decisions made by the Board

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Kevin Hirzel Interviewed Regarding Options Short of Litigation to Resolve Condominium Disputes

In a recent news article by Sherri Kolade at C&G Newspapers titled Condominium Conflicts: Condo Lawyers Discuss Handling Potential Litigation, Compromise, Kevin Hirzel, Esq. outlined options short of litigation to resolve disputes between Associations and Co-owners.  Mr. Hirzel is quoted as saying, “You can either stay or go. Sue, compromise, or get political by campaigning to join a condominium association board.”  The full article

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Keep your Condominium Association current!

Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity throughout the United States and create unique challenges for Michigan condominium associations, especially those that were created before electric vehicles were even contemplated. Experts project that by 2040, at least thirty-five percent of all new cars will have a plug. Accordingly, condominium associations will be forced to deal with issues relating to the charging

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Kevin Hirzel interviewed on the HOA News Forum Podcast on May 30, 2017

It was great to be a guest on the HOA News Forum Podcast on May 30, 2017!  A link to the podcast can be found here.  Topics that were discussed are as follows: 1. What are the most common disputes in condominium and homeowners associations? Unauthorized Modifications to the Common Elements Sensory Offenses – Smells and Noises Common Element Repair

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Brandan Hallaq Obtains Summary Disposition in Favor of Condominium Association

Congratulations to Brandan Hallaq, Esq. for winning his first Motion for Summary Disposition before the Honorable Archie Brown in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Mr. Hallaq successfully drafted and argued the motion on behalf of a condominium association against a co-owner for numerous bylaw infractions and violations of the Michigan Condominium Act. In addition to obtaining an order compelling the co-owner

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PREEMPTION! The FCC’s Adoption of the OTARD Rules and their Application to Condominium and Homeowners Associations

            In Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (the “Act”), Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to adopt rules concerning Over-the-Air Reception Devices (“OTARD”) in order to provide limitations and guidance on governmental and non-governmental restrictions on viewers’ ability to receive certain over the air telecommunications.  In October 1996 the FCC adopted 47 CFR § 1.4000 (the

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