Delinquencies, Collections and the Need for a Collection Policy

Community associations are nonprofit corporations, which are funded solely by dues/assessments paid by members. Unfortunately, when one member fails to pay his or her fair share, the rest of the members must make up the difference. As a matter of equity, it is simply unjust for the other co-owners—who typically have not done anything wrong or have no involvement in […]

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Free Speech and your Community Association: Will the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling in Dublirer v 2000 Linwood Avenue Owners, Inc impact campaigning in Michigan Condominium Association elections?

In Dublirer v 2000 Linwood Avenue Owners, Inc the New Jersey Supreme Court considered the issue of whether or not an owner in a cooperative had a right to distribute campaign materials in seeking election to the co-op’s board of directors.  The Co-Op had a house rule that barred soliciting and distributing any written materials and the Co-Op denied Mr. […]

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Michigan Court of Appeals rules that a Governmental Entity is not liable for Condominium Assessments after Tax Foreclosure

In Harbor Watch Condominium Association v Emmet County Treasurer, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Emmet County Treasurer was not obligated to pay $97,366.09 in condominium assessments, late fees and interest to the Harbor Watch Condominium Association.  In 2011, the Emmet County Treasurer acquired 37 units in Harbor Watch after foreclosing on the units due to unpaid taxes.  The […]

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Bah Humbug! Holiday Lights and Condominium Restrictions: Navigating Time, Place and Size Restrictions

Traditionally, during this time of year many Americans enjoy displaying lights, wreaths and other decorations as part of the holiday season.  However, what happens when a person moves into a condominium project and the Condominium Association’s property manager or the Board indicates there are restrictions on what items can be hung, where those items can be hung, how long the […]

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