Michigan Supreme Court invalidates governor’s emergency powers: What does it mean for community associations?

Condominium and homeowners associations in Michigan have been operating under various executive orders since March 10, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 2, 2020, in In re Certified Questions From United States Dist Court, W Dist of Michigan, S Div, Docket No. 161492 (Mich, October 2, 2020), the Michigan Supreme Court held that Governor Whitmer lacked the […]

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HIRZEL LAW WINS ZOOM BENCH TRIAL! COURT HOLDS THAT EXTENSIVE SHORT-TERM RENTALS VIOLATED RESIDENTIAL USE RESTRICTIONS

Kevin Hirzel, Kayleigh Long and Michael McCulloch of Hirzel Law, PLC represented the Cherry Home Association in this case. In Cherry Home Association v. Keith Barker, et. al., the Leelanau County Circuit Court held that several lot owners violated residential use restrictions by engaging in extensive online short-term rentals.  After holding one of the first zoom bench trials in the […]

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MCL 559.154: What is the difference between arbitration and mediation?

Conflict is inevitable when co-owners live in close proximity in a condominium association.  Whether it is a barking dog, loud music or unpleasant odor, it is important that a condominium association has a mechanism to resolve disputes between co-owners.  Many condominium associations resolve disputes by commencing an action in circuit court to enforce the master deed and bylaws as permitted […]

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Kevin Hirzel's Article in the washington post : Know which coronavirus-related risks are covered by your association’s insurance

As governors around the country ease stay-at-home restrictions, community association boards are forced to make difficult decisions regarding opening common areas, where once ordinary activities such as going to the gym or swimming pool or throwing a party are now fraught with risk. Managing social distancing during the pandemic is especially challenging for condominium and homeowners associations where residents live […]

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Can an Association Limit Your Right to Bear Arms?

Can an association restrict an individual’s right to bear arms? The answer, though nuanced, is likely in the affirmative. An association’s board has wide authority under the governing documents to restrict everything from paint color to holiday decorations, as long as the action is reasonable. See, e.g., Allnutt v High Court of Foresters, 62 Mich 110, 28 NW 802 (1886); […]

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