When and How to Amend Your Michigan Condominium Documents (Part One: When to Amend)

Michigan condominium associations are governed by various documents: the Articles of Incorporation, the Master Deed, the Condominium Bylaws, the Association (Corporate) Bylaws and any Rules and Regulations meant to implement the Bylaws.  In order to avoid confusion, many condominium attorneys in Michigan combine the Condominium Bylaws and the Association Bylaws into one document, however many older documents still include both […]

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Does the Board of Directors of a Michigan Condominium Association or HOA have a duty to enforce the Master Deed, Bylaws or other restrictive covenants as written?

In Michigan, the terms of a master deed, bylaws or other restrictive covenants are contractual in nature. See Rossow v. Brentwood Farms Dev, Inc, 251 Mich App 652, 658, 651 NW2d 458 (2002). The Michigan Courts have generally held that a master deed, bylaws or other restrictive covenants are to be enforced as written.  Specifically, …a breach of a covenant, […]

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Is your Michigan Condominium Association prepared to handle a co-owner’s request to inspect its books and records?

In Michigan, MCL 559.157 requires that the “…books, records, contracts, and financial statements concerning the administration and operation of the condominium” be available for examination by the co-owners at convenient times.  Most condominium documents also contain provisions that require the books and records of a condominium association be made available for inspection by a co-owner.  However, most condominium documents do […]

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Six Major Revisions to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act: Should your Condominium Association Revise its Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws?

In Michigan, two primary statutes govern the affairs of a condominium association: the Condominium Act and the Nonprofit Corporation Act.  The last major revisions to the Nonprofit Corporation Act took place in 2008 through Public Act 9 of 2008, which permitted voting by electronic means, amongst other things.  Effective January 15, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Michigan Senate […]

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