Category Archives: Master Deed

Can a Michigan condominium ban solar panels?

  Approximately 25 states have adopted some form of a solar access statute that makes it illegal for condominium bylaws to contain a provision that completely bans the installation of solar panels. There are approximately 15 different states that have adopted solar easement statutes that uphold the validity of contractual easements for solar access. A full list of states that

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Wi-Fi issues in your condominium association or HOA

Wi-Fi has become a necessity for almost anyone who lives in a condominium association.  However, the law is often slow to evolve to new technologies and many master deeds or declarations were drafted before Wi-Fi even existed.  As a result, potential legal issues related to Wi-Fi use are rarely addressed in the governing documents of community associations. Accordingly, condominium and

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HB 5440: Michigan HOA’s could not prohibit the display of the American or State Flag

Michigan House Bill 5440 was introduced on January 24, 2018. HB 5540 would prohibit a Michigan homeowner’s association or neighborhood association from prohibiting the display of the United States flag or the state flag of Michigan. HB 5540 provides as follows: Sec. 1. A local unit of government shall not adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, rule, or regulation that

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Michigan Court of Appeals dismisses condominium bylaw enforcement case after lawsuit approval deemed improper

As previously discussed in HB 4446 allows Michigan Condominium Associations to enforce restrictions and defend lawsuits, it is not uncommon for developers to insert anti-lawsuit provisions into condominium documents that later have drastic consequences for Michigan condominium associations. In Sawgrass Ridge Condominium Association v Louis J Alarie, et. al., unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued January 9, 2018

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Enforcing Speed Limits in Michigan Condominium and Homeowners Associations

Introduction The overwhelming majority of condominium and homeowners associations in Michigan govern residential developments. Accordingly, many community associations have concerns about residents or guests traveling at excessive speeds throughout the neighborhood. With the growing utilization of common interest communities, more and more associations are seeking to create and enforce their own speed limits within their respective developments. For example, some

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Court rules that tax foreclosure does not extinguish obligations in the master deed and that newly amended MCL 559.167 is not retroactive

The Michigan Court of Appeals decided several important issues in favor of Michigan condominium associations on December 14, 2017 in Ferry Beaubien LLC v Centurion Place on Ferry Street Condominium Association, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued December 14, 2017 (Docket No. 335571).  Specifically, the court of appeals made the following rulings: The master deed and condominium bylaws

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Case Law Update: Nottingham Village Condo Ass’n v. Pensom: Litigation Evaluation Meetings

In some condominium governing documents, there are provisions that require a co-owner vote before the association can file a lawsuit.  These provisions range from the rather mundane to extremely onerous. In Nottingham Village Condominium Association v. Pensom, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Michigan Court of Appeals, No. 333311, Dated December 12, 2017, the Michigan Court of Appeals just upheld

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