Category Archives: Internet Use and Security

Wi-Fi issues in your condominium association or HOA

Wi-Fi has become a necessity for almost anyone who lives in a condominium association.  However, the law is often slow to evolve to new technologies and many master deeds or declarations were drafted before Wi-Fi even existed.  As a result, potential legal issues related to Wi-Fi use are rarely addressed in the governing documents of community associations. Accordingly, condominium and

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SB 914: Proposed amendment to the Michigan Condominium Act

Michigan Senate Bill 914 (2018) was introduced on March 21, 2018. Senate Bill 914 would amend various sections of the Michigan Condominium Act related to providing electronic notice of amendments to condominium documents, director voting via e-mail and setting more specific standards for co-owner inspections of a condominium association’s books and records.  Senate Bill 914 (2018) would amend MCL 559.106,

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Why Every Condominium and Homeowners Association Should Trademark its Name and Logo

Over the past decade, the popularity of living in a common interest community, particularly condominium and homeowners associations, has risen significantly. According to recent statistics provided by Community Associations Institute, there are over 340,000 community associations, over 26 million housing units, and over 68 million residents living in these associations in the United States. As these numbers continue to grow,

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MI Lawyer’s Weekly Quotes Kevin Hirzel on Pokémon Go Legal Issues

On August 12, 2016, the Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly published an article entitled “Pokémon Go presents virtual fun, real legal issues“. The article discusses the legal issues relating to Pokemon Go, and quoted the Michigan Community Association Law Blog as follows: Kevin M. Hirzel, a partner at Cummings McClorey Davis & Acho PLC in Livonia, recently wrote a blog piece offering

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Pokémon Go: What does your Condo or HOA need to know?

Pokémon Go is a free mobile video game that is taking the world by storm. Pokémon Go was released on July 6, 2016 in the United States and has already has more than ten million downloads. Pokémon Go is different than many mobile games as it allows players to capture, battle and train virtual creatures called “Pokémon” who appear on

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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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