Pokémon Go: What does your Condo or HOA need to know?

Pokémon Go is a free mobile video game that is taking the world by storm. Pokémon Go was released on July 6, 2016 in the United States and has already has more than ten million downloads. Pokémon Go is different than many mobile games as it allows players to capture, battle and train virtual creatures called “Pokémon” who appear on […]

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Architectural Control: Sculptures, Statues, Lawn Ornaments, Birdbaths and Other Items on the Common Elements or Lots

Numerous condominiums in Michigan restrict (or outright ban) sculptures, statues, lawn ornaments, birdbaths or other items pursuant to the condominium documents. Many of these provisions were drafted by the developer when creating the condominium in order to provide uniformity during the sales process. Likewise, many declarants subject a platted subdivision to deed restrictions that also restrict or ban the use of […]

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Quorum Issues in Michigan Condominium Associations

Typically in the spring or fall, Michigan condominium associations hold annual meetings to elect directors, distribute financial statements to the Co-owners and otherwise provide an update to the membership regarding the status of the condominium.  All too often, the annual meeting is sparsely attended due to Co-owner apathy, which may result in your condominium failing to meet quorum requirements.  This article […]

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Is a Community Association’s Board of Directors Required to Make Board Meetings Open to Association Members?

The State of Michigan primarily has two so-called “Sunshine Laws”- the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”), MCL 15.261, et seq., and the Freedom of Information Act, MCL 15.231, et seq.  These two acts together help promote and create open government by making certain governmental meetings open to the public, and in allowing the public access to governmental documents and records.  In […]

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Was your condominium properly expanded under the Michigan Condominium Act?

In Michigan, when a developer creates a condominium, the developer is required to record a master deed. Pursuant to MCL 559.108, the master deed and condominium subdivision plan must identify the total number of units in the project and assign a percentage of value to each unit.  However, the initial configuration of the condominium is not set in stone.  MCL […]

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Kevin Hirzel to Present at Michigan CAI Annual Conference and Expo – March 4, 2016

In early 2015, the Michigan Legislature made significant changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act, MCL 450.2101, et seq.  On March 4, 2016, Kevin M. Hirzel, Esq., Chairman of the Legislative Action Committee for CAI’s Michigan Chapter, will present on how the changes to the Act impact community associations in Michigan. Mr. Hirzel’s presentation will take place between 11:15 A.M. to 12:00 […]

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