Author Archives: Kevin Hirzel

Court rules Site Condominium Unit was rebuilt in accordance with Master Deed

In DeCaminada v Hammond, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued February 18, 2020 (Docket No. 345847), the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the co-owners of a site condominium unit who constructed a larger home, after losing their home in a fire, had constructed the home “substantially” in accordance with the master deed.  The Court determined that the

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How to handle Community Association Collections in the aftermath of COVID-19

On March 10, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-4 and declared a State of Emergency in the State of Michigan related to the novel respiratory disease coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 13, President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency. On March 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) which imposed a temporary stay-at-home requirement, subject to certain exceptions. Executive Order

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Should your HOA install license plate cameras?

It is estimated that at least 400,000 neighborhoods throughout the United States have installed automated license plate readers.  Automated license plate readers are high-speed cameras that are mounted on street poles, streetlights, entrances, gatehouses or other areas in which automobiles will enter or exit a condominium or subdivision. Automated license plate readers can be an important safety tool as it

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The top 3 things you must know about HUD’s new guidance on assistance and emotional support animals

On January 28, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on how housing providers, such as condominium associations, homeowners associations and landlords, can comply with the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 USC 3601 et seq. in evaluating requests for assistance and emotional support animals.  HUD estimates that 60% of all Fair Housing Act complaints relate

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Michigan Court of Appeals holds that HOA cannot revoke approvals for docks

In Haan v Lake Doster Lake Association, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued January 16, 2020 (Docket No. 345282), the Michigan Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 decision that an Allegan county homeowners association could not revoke approvals granted to owners to install docks.  The majority opinion relied on the terms of a membership application for the

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MCL 559.167: Michigan Court of Appeals rules that Developer lost right to construct units on common element land

Kevin Hirzel, Brandan Hallaq, Kayleigh Long and Joe Wloszek of Hirzel Law, PLC represented the Cove Creek Condominium Association in this case. In Cove Creek Condo Ass’n v Vistal Land & Home Dev, LLC, __ Mich App __; __ NW2d __(2019), issued December 19, 2019 (Docket No. 342372), the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published opinion establishing binding legal

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HB 5260: Exempting Condominiums from the Marketable Record Title Act

As previously discussed in, Amendment to the Marketable Record Title Act puts Michigan Restrictive Covenants at Risk, the Michigan Marketable Record Title Act, MCL 565.101, eq seq., was amended at the end of 2018, via 2018 PA 572, and may have unforeseen consequences for Michigan condominiums and homeowners associations.  As a result of the 2018 amendment to the Michigan Marketable

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