Announcing the Addition of Michael D. McCulloch, Esq., to the firm

Hirzel Law, PLC Welcomes Michael D. McCulloch, Esq., to the firm Michael D. McCulloch, Esq. joined Hirzel Law, PLC in December of 2019. He focuses his practice on condominium law, real estate law, estate planning and litigation. Mr. McCulloch graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications and from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School where […]

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#communityassociationstoo: Community Associations' Liability for Sexual Harassment Under HUD's Hostile Environment Rules

In the summer of 2013, Kayla West began looking for a house to rent in Georgia. She came across a rental home owned by DJ Mortgage, LLC, and contacted Gene Andrews, DJ Mortgage, LLC’s property and leasing manager. Ms. West entered into a lease agreement for the rental property, and between August 2013 and October 2013, Ms. West alleged that […]

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CAI Files Comments on Proposed Regulations to Encourage a Process that Allows More Condominiums to Qualify for FHA Certification

  The following update comes from Dawn Bauman at CAI’s Government Affairs Blog: There are approximately 145,000 to 155,000 condominium projects in the U.S., according to the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR). As of October 2016, 9,866 condominiums—less than 7 percent of condominium projects nationwide—were Federal Housing Administration (FHA) certified. If a condominium project is FHA certified, that means […]

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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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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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What Community Associations Should Know About the Fair Housing Act and its Impact on Pool Rules and Regulations

With the summer heat wave in full force, it is nice to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool to cool down.  Also, pools are not only good for cooling down but also provide numerous other benefits, including family time without the distractions of today’s technology, fitness training, stress relief, therapy and helping to keep children active.  Additionally, community pools […]

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