Each year the CAI Law Seminar Planning Committee reviews over 50 presentations and topic submissions focused solely on community association law from over 100 potential presenters to determine the breakout sessions for the following year’s event. Only one-third of the presentation and topic submissions are selected. This year the Best Manuscript Award went to the panel of Kevin Hirzel, EdwardRead more
Category Archives: Social Media
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 andRead more
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,Read more
LEGAL UPDATE: Michigan House Bill No. 4038 Would Allow Eviction Notices By E-mail, Facebook or Other Social Media
On March 18, 2015, the Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 4038 (the “Bill”), which allows landlords to e-mail eviction notices to tenants or to notify tenants via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. At present, MCL 600.5718 permits service of a “demand for possession” [a/k/a an eviction notice] by personally delivering the written demand to the residence or byRead more
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, associationsRead more