Category Archives: Condo and HOA Assessments

The Difference Between General and Limited Common Elements in Traditional and Site Condominiums in Michigan

In Michigan, condominiums consist of either units or common elements. Common elements are further subdivided into two categories: general common elements and limited common elements. Under most Michigan condominium documents, the difference between general common elements and limited common elements is important to determine who is responsible for maintaining, repairing and replacing damage to various areas of the condominium, which

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Court rules that Michigan HOA cannot collect assessments after restrictive covenant expires

In Deghetto v Beaumont’s Seven Harbors White and Duck Lack Association, issued June 22, 2017 (Docket No. 330972) (Unpublished Opinion), the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a homeowners’ association could not continue to collect assessments after the restrictive covenant expired. In Deghetto, the plaintiffs were the owners of multiple lots in six separate subdivisions in Highland Township, Michigan

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HB 4446 allows Michigan Condominium Associations to enforce restrictions and defend lawsuits

On March 30, 2017, Representative Klint Kesto introduced House Bill 4446, which would modify the Michigan Condominium Act, MCL 559.101, et. seq. House Bill 4446 (2017) would amend MCL 559.160, MCL 559.207 and MCL 559.215 as follows: Sec. 60. (1) Actions on behalf of and against the co-owners shall be brought in the name of the association of co-owners. The association

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IRS Revenue Ruling 70-604 and MCL 450.2541(2)(b): The Value of Expert Advice

Many individuals and corporations, including community associations, are currently preparing their tax returns.  For associations with excess revenue this process most likely involves a determination of whether to exercise an election under IRS Revenue Ruling 70-604.  A proper election under Revenue Ruling 70-604 can be used to reduce an association’s taxable income by deducting from taxable income any excess assessments

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Michigan House Bill 4015 (2017): Bad News for Michigan Condominium Associations

On January 12, 2017, House Bill 4015 (2017) was introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives and would make significant changes to the Michigan Condominium Act. The bill is a reincarnation of former House Bill 5655 that had failed to pass in 2016. Similar to House Bill 5655, House Bill 4015 is extremely problematic for Michigan Condominium Associations. House Bill

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Kevin Hirzel collects $200,000 in unpaid Condominium Assessments

On December 21, 2012, the City of Fenton acquired 52 undeveloped units in the Waters Edge Townhomes Condominium from the Genesee County Treasurer after a tax foreclosure sale. Pursuant to MCL 559.108, MCL 559.137 and the master deed, each of the units was assigned a percentage of value. Upon becoming a co-owner, by virtue of its acquisition of the units,

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Factors to Consider in Maintaining and Maximizing the Value of Your Condominium

Introduction             Developers in the City of Detroit recently announced a plan to open an eleven (11) story 83 unit luxury condominium complex in Detroit known as The Ashton Detroit.  Construction is expected to start in 2017 and it is to be ready for occupancy by 2018.  The $35 million project is significant because it is the first free-standing condominium

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