Author Archives: Kevin Hirzel

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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WXYZ Detroit interviews Kevin Hirzel on short-term rental laws and AirBnB in Michigan

WXYZ Detroit (Channel 7) recently interviewed Kevin Hirzel regarding short-term rentals.  The interview discusses the impact of local ordinances, condominium bylaws and homeowners association bylaws on short-term rentals and AirBnB use.  The interview also discusses insurance and liability implications associated with AirBnB use.  The full interview can he found here. Kevin Hirzel is a Partner and Chair of the Community Association

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WXYZ interviews Kevin Hirzel on enforcing HOA Restrictions

WXYZ Detroit (Channel 7) recently interviewed Kevin Hirzel regarding the enforcement of HOA Restrictions and the importance of understanding the restrictions before buying into an HOA.  Purchasers that buy a lot in a deed restricted community that has a Homeowner’s Association are on constructive notice of any recorded restrictions and will generally be bound by them, except for a few

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Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of HOA on Short-Term Rental Ban

Short-term rental websites such as AirBNB, Booking.com, FlipKey, HomeAway, Homestay, House Trip, Roomorama, Tripping.com, Trivago, VBRO and VayStays have become an increasing concern for Michigan condominium and homeowner’s associations that are populated by full time residents. The rise of short-term rental websites has led owners and investors to seek out extra income by renting their property on a nightly basis.

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What is the bank’s obligation to pay assessments under the Michigan Condominium Act after a foreclosure?

MCL 559.169 allows for a Michigan condominium association to impose assessments against all co-owners in order to pay for the common expenses that are necessary to operate the condominium. When a co-owner fails to pay assessments, it places a strain on the condominium association’s budget for the year and unfairly results in an increased burden on the remaining co-owners as

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Meet your Legislators’ Day for Condos and HOA’S – 10/4/17

The Michigan Community Association Institute Legislative Action Committee is hosting a meet your legislators’ day on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am at Karoub Associates, 121 West Allegan, Lansing, MI 48933. **Please RSVP to Joe Gebhardt at jgebhardt@kramertriad.com no later than September 20, 2017.  Please include the names of your state representative and senator.  If you do not know

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Location and Time Changed for the 9/11/17 Traverse City Condominium Seminar

Due to renovations at the TAAR Building, Kevin Hirzel’s Traverse City Condominium Seminar has been moved to the Park Place Hotel and will start at 6:00pm.  The updated information is below: Director Liability and Insurance Basics for Condominiums Date:         9/11/17 Time:        6:00pm Location:  Park Place Hotel (Leelanau/Torch Lake Room), 300 East State Street, Traverse City, MI  49684. Details:     This

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