Author Archives: Kevin Hirzel

Michigan Senate Bill 663: Michigan cracks down on fake emotional support pets

On November 28, 2017, Senator Peter MacGregor introduced Senate Bill 663, which would criminalize a fake request for an emotional support pet or service animal. Requests for emotional support pets and service animals continue to increase under the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, MCL 37.1101 et seq. While a legitimate request for

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Court rules in favor of MI Condo Association related to amendment of bylaws, compliance with parliamentary procedure and director compensation related to website

Vidolich v Saline Northview Condominium Association, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued December 5, 2017 (Docket No. No. 334579), involved a lengthy battle between Vidolich, a co-owner in the Northview Condominium, and the Saline Northview Condominium Association (the “Association”). Vidolich was a member of the Association’s board until he resigned over a procedural dispute and he was the

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Michigan Court of Appeals affirms Short-Term Rental Ban in Restrictive Covenant

As we previously discussed on September 21, 2017, in Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of HOA on Short-Term Rental Ban, Michigan courts have consistently held that short-term rentals violate “residential use” and “non-commercial use” restrictions contained in restrictive covenants. On November 30, 2017, in Eager v Peasley, et. al., published opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued November 30,

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Michigan COA rules that Condo Association’s Insurance Policy may cover water damage resulting from construction defects

In Walters Beach Condominium Association v Home-Owners Insurance Company, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued November 16, 2017 (Docket No. 335172), the Michigan Court of Appeals held that water damage caused by construction defects may be covered under a condominium association’s insurance policy.  At issue was a rain storm caused water damage to 4 units in the Walters

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Michigan Court of Appeals rules that modular home violates restrictive covenants

In Thiel v Goyings, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued August 8, 2017 (Docket No. 333000), the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the construction of a partially prefabricated home violated the restrictive covenants in the Timber Ridge Bay Subdivision.  Specifically at issue were restrictive covenants that provided as follows: COVENANTS, RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS Section 1. Establishment of

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Want to learn more about Michigan Condo and HOA Law? Attend one of Kevin Hirzel’s upcoming seminars

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 in statutory and case law. Michigan Community Association Institute Continuing Education Seminar:  How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of the Fair Housing Act

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MCL 450.835a: Electronic Signatures can now be used to amend Restrictive Covenants

MCL 450.835a was enacted into law on March 21, 2017, and provides as follows: 450.835a Amending, reaffirming, or repealing restrictive covenant by electronic signature. Sec. 5a. If restrictive covenants apply to more than 250 lots or parcels of real property in a single development and the law of this state allows the owners of the real property to amend, reaffirm,

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