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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MCL 559.152: When do the co-owners elect directors after developer control?

Every Michigan condominium association goes through a transition in which control of the board of directors is transferred from developer control to co-owner control.  In many condominium associations, it is not uncommon for a developer to attempt to retain control of all positions on the board of directors until the developer is ready to completely exit the condominium.  However, the […]

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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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Executive Order 2020-110: Michigan ends short-term rental ban, reopens certain recreational facilities and opens pools

Can you engage in short-term rentals? Can Condos and HOA’s open recreational facilities? This article discusses the impact of Executive Order 2020-110 on short-term rentals and recreational facilities, such as basketball courts, fitness centers, pools, gyms, spas or tennis court.

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Michigan maintains ban on short-term rentals and recreational facilities until June 12, 2020

On May 22, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-100 and extended the ban on short-term rentals and the use of recreational facilities, originally contained in Executive Order 2020-92, until June 12, 2020. Condominium and HOA Recreational Facilities Executive Order 2020-92 bans activities in places of “public accommodation that are closed under Executive Order 2020-69” and keeps Executive Order 2020-69 […]

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Coronavirus: What Condos and HOA’s need to know about reopening recreational facilities

Michiganders living in condominiums and homeowners associations have been subject to some form of a stay-at-home order since March 24, 2020 due to COVID-19. However, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has started reopening portions of Northern Michigan, and it is expected that the restrictions on recreational facilities in community associations throughout Michigan will be relaxed in the near future. However, at the […]

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