Browning-Ferris Industries of California (#32-RC-109684): Fundamentally Altering the Employee / Employer Relationship between Community Associations and their Management Companies and Independent Contractors

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Until last year, condominium and homeowner associations and their management companies understood the relationship between an employer and its employees and who would be considered the employer of those employees.  However, a 2015 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has placed that understanding in a state of flux.   The new standard employed by the NLRB may now find

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Interested in learning more about Michigan Condo and HOA Law? Attend one of Kevin Hirzel’s upcoming seminars

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It is back to school season and fall is a perfect time for condominium board members to educate themselves on Michigan Condominium and HOA Law. Whether you are a seasoned condominium board member or new condominium board member, Kevin Hirzel’s seminars will have something for you.  The seminars will not only tackle the basics in proper Condominium and HOA operations, but also discuss latest developments

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Factors to Consider in Maintaining and Maximizing the Value of Your Condominium

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Introduction             Developers in the City of Detroit recently announced a plan to open an eleven (11) story 83 unit luxury condominium complex in Detroit known as The Ashton Detroit.  Construction is expected to start in 2017 and it is to be ready for occupancy by 2018.  The $35 million project is significant because it is the first free-standing condominium

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Michigan Court rules that recreational use of a camper violates deed restrictions

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In Vansteenhouse v Winslow, issued June 28, 2016 (Docket No. 326224) (Unpublished Opinion) the Michigan Court of Appeals was required to determine whether a property owner violated deed restrictions by having a camper on their property. The deed restrictions indicated, “All lots sold within said Subdivision are to be used for residential purposes only….” The restrictions also stated that “[a]ll

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Pet Size or Weight Restrictions in Michigan Condominiums

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When drafting or amending condominium bylaws, the Restrictions section—typically Article VI of the Condominium Bylaws—often garners the most feedback, review or modification. One of the key provisions within the Restrictions section addresses pet restrictions including: the registration of pets with the association, not allowing pets loose on the condominium premises, co-owners must clean the dog’s feces so as not to

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Kevin Hirzel to present “Hot Topics in Condominium and HOA Law” in Traverse City on 9/14/16.

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Kevin Hirzel will presenting “Hot Topics in Condominium and HOA Law” on September 14, 2016 at 6:30pm in Traverse City, Michigan. The seminar is hosted by Monarch Management and will be at the Traverse Area Association of Realtors. The seminar will cover the following topics: How the 2015 amendments to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act will impact your community association.

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