Executive Order 2020-175: Governor Whitmer enters new executive order on swimming pool and recreational facility restrictions

     Michigan condominium associations and homeowners associations have been struggling with decisions to open swimming pools and other recreational facilities all summer.  Many community associations have kept facilities closed for safety and liability reasons.  On September 3, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-175 and Executive Order 2020-176, which altered the restrictions on swimming pools and recreational facilities that […]

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Kevin Hirzel's Article in the washington post : Know which coronavirus-related risks are covered by your association’s insurance

As governors around the country ease stay-at-home restrictions, community association boards are forced to make difficult decisions regarding opening common areas, where once ordinary activities such as going to the gym or swimming pool or throwing a party are now fraught with risk. Managing social distancing during the pandemic is especially challenging for condominium and homeowners associations where residents live […]

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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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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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COVID-19: How Should Condos and HOA's handle meetings?

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak (“COVID-19”) a pandemic. On March 12, 2020, Governor Whitmer ordered all K-12 schools closed through April 6, 2020 and numerous major sports events, concerts, plays and trade shows throughout Michigan have been postponed or cancelled altogether. As COVID-19 becomes more widespread, community associations are asking how this pandemic […]

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Common Contract Provisions with Contractors/Vendors in Michigan Condominium Associations and HOAs

Each year, the Board of Directors for Michigan condominium and homeowners associations make a multitude of difficult decisions regarding what work needs to be done within the association, what vendors to hire to perform various tasks, and how long those contracts should exist. Examples of the common contracts that the Board of Directors may execute on a routine basis include: […]

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