Category Archives: Fair Housing Act

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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Kevin Hirzel interviewed on the HOA News Forum Podcast on May 30, 2017

It was great to be a guest on the HOA News Forum Podcast on May 30, 2017!  A link to the podcast can be found here.  Topics that were discussed are as follows: 1. What are the most common disputes in condominium and homeowners associations? Unauthorized Modifications to the Common Elements Sensory Offenses – Smells and Noises Common Element Repair

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Is a co-owner entitled to a reasonable accommodation to use medical marijuana under the Federal Fair Housing Act?

On November 8, 2016, Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas joined 25 other states and the District of Columbia in approving the use of medical marijuana. Now that medical marijuana is legal in more than half of the states in the United States, medical marijuana use is becoming an issue that condominium associations are forced to deal with. Many condominium bylaws

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Can Clearly Unenforceable Deed Restrictions Create Potential Liability for your Association?

Earlier this year, Channel 7 WXYZ did an exposé on a Bloomfield Township homeowners association called Wing Lake Farms, which had a 1948 deed restriction that states: Second: That no lot, or any part thereof, shall be sold, conveyed, rented, leased or loaned by either party hereto to any person not of the pure, unmixed, white, Caucasian Gentile Race, nor

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What every Condominium Association needs to know about Parking Restrictions

The enforcement of parking restrictions is one of the most common problems that condominium associations and property managers are forced to deal with. Parking spaces are often at a premium in densely packed urban areas and issues arise when co-owners fail to park in their designated areas. In contrast, suburban site condominiums with single family homes often face issues related

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MI Lawyer’s Weekly Quotes Kevin Hirzel on Pokémon Go Legal Issues

On August 12, 2016, the Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly published an article entitled “Pokémon Go presents virtual fun, real legal issues“. The article discusses the legal issues relating to Pokemon Go, and quoted the Michigan Community Association Law Blog as follows: Kevin M. Hirzel, a partner at Cummings McClorey Davis & Acho PLC in Livonia, recently wrote a blog piece offering

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Section 47a of the Michigan Condominium Act: Modifications and Improvements to Protect Persons with Disabilities

 Introduction              Persons with disabilities who reside in condominiums have several statutory protections available to them designed to prevent discrimination against the disabled.  These protections include the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act (“FHAA”), 42 USC 3604, and its Michigan equivalent contained in the Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act, (“PWDCRA”), MCL 37.1506a.  Both the FHAA and the PWDCRA apply to

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