HIRZEL LAW WINS SUMMARY DISPOSITION! COURT HOLDS THAT DOG WHO BIT NEIGHBORING CO-OWNER IS A DANGEROUS ANIMAL AND MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE CONDOMINIUM PREMISES.

Joe Wloszek and Katherine Hopkins of Hirzel Law, PLC represented Parkview at Orion Commons Condominium Association. In Parkview at Orion Commons Condominium Association v Rouhan, the Oakland Circuit Court held that a dog who bit a neighboring co-owner is a dangerous animal that must be removed from the condominium premises. The Court determined, on the basis of the parties’ briefs […]

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Michigan Condominium Association found not liable for violating the Fair Housing Act and PWDCRA in request for handrail

In Estate of Romig by Kooman v Boulder Bluff Condominiums Units 73-123, 125-146, Inc, No. 347653, issued October 15, 2020 (Docket Nos. 347653 & 348254), the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a condominium association’s alleged denial of a request to install a railing to accommodate a disabled person did not constitute discrimination in a “real estate transaction” under the […]

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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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