Category Archives: Director and Officer Liability

Want to learn more about Michigan Condo and HOA Law? Attend one of Kevin Hirzel’s upcoming seminars

Whether you are a seasoned condominium board member or new condominium board member, Kevin Hirzel’s seminars will have something for you.  The seminars will not only tackle the basics in proper Condominium and HOA operations, but also discuss latest developments in statutory and case law. Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – Western Michigan Fall Conference Date:         9/9/17 Time:        9:15am – 11:30am

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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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Security Cameras in Michigan Condominium Projects

Whether inside a grocery store, at a gas station or even in your neighborhood, security cameras are everywhere in modern society.  As technology evolves and cheaper and better cameras come onto the market each year, Michigan condominiums are experiencing an increase in surveillance and/or security camera usage.  Security cameras raise significant legal questions that impact decisions made by the Board

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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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Transparency breeds Legitimacy: 3 Tips for your Condominium Association to avoid a Lawsuit

Many condominium board members volunteer to serve their condominium association for altruistic purposes. While often well intentioned, it is not uncommon for board members to not have any training that would make them aware of potential pitfalls that commonly entangle a condominium association in litigation. In other instances, co-owners may have self-interested motives for serving on a board that cloud

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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. 

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Michigan Court of Appeals rules that HOA Developer is subject to the Michigan Consumer Protection Act

In Liss v. Lewiston–Richard Inc, 478 Mich. 203; 732 NW2d 514 (2007), the Michigan Supreme Court held that a residential home builder was exempt from compliance with the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, MCL 445.901 et seq.  The Michigan Supreme Court reasoned that MCL 445.904(1)(a) exempted homebuilders from compliance with the Act as they were specifically authorized to build homes under

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