Michigan provides immunity defense to community associations for COVID-19 lawsuits

             On October 22, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed HB 6030, which was given immediate effect via 2020 PA 236.  2020 PA 236 will provide Michigan condominium and homeowners associations with an immunity defense if a co-owner, tenant or invitee files a civil lawsuit, alleging a tort claim that arises out of COVID-19. When can a […]

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Dos and Don’ts for Your Community Association’s Social Media Accounts

           The simplicity of creating a social media account for your community association is tempting. After providing just a few pieces of personal information and an e-mail address, your association has joined the other 2.7 billion users on Facebook, 1 billion users on Instagram and 330 million users on Twitter.             While creating the social media […]

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Court of Appeals Rules The Court’s Evidentiary Gatekeeping Role Applies to Evidence Presented to Support a Request for an Emotional Support Animal

On September 17, 2020, the Michigan Court of Appeals, in Riverbrook v Abimbola Fabode and All Other Occupants, ___ Mich App ___ (2020) (Docket No. 349065), issued a unanimous decision finding that the district and circuit courts “abandoned their roles as the gatekeepers of evidence under MRE 702” in rejecting a landlord’s attempt to challenge the validity of documents presented […]

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Michigan Supreme Court invalidates governor’s emergency powers: What does it mean for community associations?

Condominium and homeowners associations in Michigan have been operating under various executive orders since March 10, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 2, 2020, in In re Certified Questions From United States Dist Court, W Dist of Michigan, S Div, Docket No. 161492 (Mich, October 2, 2020), the Michigan Supreme Court held that Governor Whitmer lacked the […]

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Executive Order 2020-175: Governor Whitmer enters new executive order on swimming pool and recreational facility restrictions

     Michigan condominium associations and homeowners associations have been struggling with decisions to open swimming pools and other recreational facilities all summer.  Many community associations have kept facilities closed for safety and liability reasons.  On September 3, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-175 and Executive Order 2020-176, which altered the restrictions on swimming pools and recreational facilities that […]

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