Category Archives: Board of Directors

Condominium and HOA Update: Upcoming Changes to LARA Corporate Filing Submissions Starting October 30, 2017

At least once a year, property managers, attorneys or the association itself files corporate documents with the State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”) on behalf of the association.  In a Michigan condominium association or homeowners association, certain documents such as Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation or a Change in Resident Agent may be filed infrequently.  However, each

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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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WXYZ interviews Kevin Hirzel on Confederate Flags in HOA’s

Syma Chowdhry of WXYZ (Channel 7) interviewed Kevin Hirzel today regarding first amendment rights to fly the confederate flag on privately owned property and in community associations.  Watch “The Now” at 4pm on August 28, 2017 to learn about how a condominium association, homeowner’s association, co-op or apartment can legally restrict confederate flags and potential pitfalls for community associations under

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Prohibiting and Handling “Dangerous Animals” in an Association

Pet restrictions are a perennial topic of interest in Michigan and consistently one of the most discussed, debated and reviewed provisions in the condominium bylaws.  For example, some condominium bylaws prohibit “dangerous animals” from being brought to the condominium or kept on the condominium premises.  A sample provision may look like this: No dangerous animal shall be brought to or

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