MCL 559.154: What is the difference between arbitration and mediation?

Conflict is inevitable when co-owners live in close proximity in a condominium association.  Whether it is a barking dog, loud music or unpleasant odor, it is important that a condominium association has a mechanism to resolve disputes between co-owners.  Many condominium associations resolve disputes by commencing an action in circuit court to enforce the master deed and bylaws as permitted […]

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Tips for reviewing cable service provider agreements

In 2009, 87.8% of American households had either a cable or satellite TV subscription; however, by the end of 2019, that number dropped to just 65.3% of American households, as more American households “cut the cord” and turned to internet-based TV subscriptions, such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube TV. With this steep drop in cable and satellite TV subscriptions, cable […]

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Does your condominium association keep track of mortgages?

Michigan condominium associations are required to keep a number of different types of records.  One type of record that condominium associations are required to keep, which is often overlooked, is a record of each mortgage that is placed on any condominium unit in the condominium project.  A mortgagee, which is most often a bank, is a person or corporate entity […]

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Can an Association Limit Your Right to Bear Arms?

Can an association restrict an individual’s right to bear arms? The answer, though nuanced, is likely in the affirmative. An association’s board has wide authority under the governing documents to restrict everything from paint color to holiday decorations, as long as the action is reasonable. See, e.g., Allnutt v High Court of Foresters, 62 Mich 110, 28 NW 802 (1886); […]

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Court rules Site Condominium Unit was rebuilt in accordance with Master Deed

In DeCaminada v Hammond, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued February 18, 2020 (Docket No. 345847), the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the co-owners of a site condominium unit who constructed a larger home, after losing their home in a fire, had constructed the home “substantially” in accordance with the master deed.  The Court determined that the […]

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How to handle Community Association Collections in the aftermath of COVID-19

On March 10, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-4 and declared a State of Emergency in the State of Michigan related to the novel respiratory disease coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 13, President Donald Trump declared a National Emergency. On March 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) which imposed a temporary stay-at-home requirement, subject to certain exceptions. Executive Order […]

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