Religious Freedom and Community Associations: How does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Impact Condominium and Homeowner Associations?

In 1993, the federal government enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”).  The purpose of the RFRA was to allow a person to avoid complying with any law that interfered with the exercise of their religious freedom unless there was a compelling governmental interest behind the law and the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest was utilized.  […]

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Kevin Hirzel to present at Michigan CAI Annual Conference & Expo – March 13, 2015

Kevin Hirzel’s presentation “Construction Defect Resolution – Appropriate steps a post-transition control board of directors should take with respect to discovering and resolving construction defects” will be in the Pearl Room from 1:00pm to 1:45pm. Event:CAI Annual Conference & Expo Start:March 13, 2015 8:30 am End:March 13, 2015 4:30 pm Organizer:CAI MI Phone:734-9531-2084 Email:[email protected] Venue: Suburban Show Place Address: 46100 […]

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Condominiums and Renters: Does your Condominium Association need a rental cap?

With the exception of vacation condominiums or condominium hotels, residential condominiums are created with the intention that the co-owners will be owner occupants.  However, the glut of foreclosures that occurred from 2007 to 2012 led many investors to purchase condominium units for rental purposes.  Moreover, the recovery of the housing market has also led many co-owners to move and rent […]

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MCL 559.157 – Has your Michigan Condominium Association had its books, records and financial statements reviewed by a Certified Public Accountant?

The Michigan Condominium Act was amended in 2014 to impose additional requirements on condominium associations with respect to financial record keeping and encourage transparency.  Prior to 2014, the annual audit or review of an association’s books, records and financial statements did not need to be certified.  After MCL 559.157 was passed, and became effective in 2014, a condominium association with […]

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The Future is Now: Is Your Condominium Association Prepared to Handle these 6 Technological Advances?

The last significant revisions to the Michigan Condominium Act took place in 2001 and 2002.  While many Michigan condominium associations have amended their governing documents to address the 2001 and 2002 amendments to the Michigan Condominium Act, those amendments often fail to account for the numerous, recent technological advances which have arisen after those revisions.  When amending condominium documents, associations […]

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A Board of Directors' Guide to Resolving Common Element Construction Defects in a Michigan Condominium

Michigan condominium associations are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the general common elements.  While many condominium associations budget for repairs and maintenance of the common elements over an extended period of time, most associations are unprepared to address common element construction defects caused by a developer’s inadequate design, use of defective or substandard materials, insufficient site testing or […]

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