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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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BUSINESS INTERRUPTION AND LOSS OF USE INSURANCE CLAIMS RESULTING FROM COVID-19

In Michigan, as in most states, the state authority has significantly limited access to public places, stores, restaurants, movie theaters, offices, and other businesses through the issuance of executive orders prohibiting such access. For businesses whose viability depends on the public’s ability to access that business’ physical location, the issuance of such orders has resulted in a loss of use

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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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Executive Order 2020-59: Michigan extends ban on short-term rentals to May 15, 2020, but permits landscapers to operate

UPDATE: On May 7, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77, which extended the ban on short-term vacation rentals in Executive Order 2020-59 until May 28, 2020. On April 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-59, which extended the stay-at-home requirements that were originally contained in Executive Order 2020-21 and Executive Order 2020-42.  The important highlights of the order

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Community Association Service Contracts and COVID-19

Community associations just wrapped up soliciting, reviewing, negotiating and executing contracts with vendors for a multitude of services to be performed throughout this upcoming year, including landscaping, infrastructure maintenance, repairs and new construction, just to name a few. COVID-19 now is threatening to disrupt those services on both sides of these contracts: both vendors and community association members may not

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Checking the List Twice: Buying a Condominium Unit in Michigan During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Buying a new home can be a stressful, frustrating experience – buying a home during the COVID-19 pandemic may be even worse.  By the time you have found the perfect home, you may just want to sign all the papers put in front of you; however, whether buying a condominium unit during a pandemic or not, you should carefully review

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Executive Order 2020-42: Michigan bans short-term rentals until April 30, 2020

On April 9, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-42, which extended the stay-at-home requirements that were originally contained in Executive Order 2020-21 until April 30, 2020.  In addition to extending the stay-at-home requirements, Executive Order 2020-42 also implemented additional restrictions on short-term rentals.  Specifically, the order precludes any type of travel to a vacation rental.  The Executive order does

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