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Turkey Deep-Fryers in Condominiums: Crispy and Delicious but Bad for You Financially

Introduction Deep fried turkey combines the deliciousness of a well-cooked turkey with the crispiness of deep-fried goodness.  Thanksgiving is one of the few opportunities many families have to enjoy a deep-fried turkey because of the time and attention needed to use a deep-fryer, especially one able to handle a ten pound turkey.  What can go wrong? Thanksgiving is the peak

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Charter Township of Lyon v Petty: The Exercise of “Discretion” in Enforcing Zoning Ordinances

Introduction              Through the Zoning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3101, et seq., Michigan has delegated to its municipalities many of the functions related to the regulation and development of land.  With this delegation comes a responsibility to administer and enforce land use restrictions properly adopted by the municipality.  In many instances, however, strict enforcement (i.e., enforcement), of the zoning act could

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Interested in learning more about Michigan Condo and HOA Law? Attend one of Kevin Hirzel’s upcoming seminars

It is back to school season and fall is a perfect time for condominium board members to educate themselves on Michigan Condominium and HOA Law. Whether you are a seasoned condominium board member or new condominium board member, Kevin Hirzel’s seminars will have something for you.  The seminars will not only tackle the basics in proper Condominium and HOA operations, but also discuss latest developments

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Factors to Consider in Maintaining and Maximizing the Value of Your Condominium

Introduction             Developers in the City of Detroit recently announced a plan to open an eleven (11) story 83 unit luxury condominium complex in Detroit known as The Ashton Detroit.  Construction is expected to start in 2017 and it is to be ready for occupancy by 2018.  The $35 million project is significant because it is the first free-standing condominium

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What Do I Need to Know About a Conversion Condominium Under the Michigan Condominium Act?

 Introduction Michigan law allows the creation of a condominium project under terms and conditions set forth in the Michigan Condominium Act, Act 59 of 1978, MCL 559.101, et seq. (the “Act”).  For the most part, the Act contemplates the creation of a new condominium project on land owned by a developer.  However, the Act also allows the conversion of an

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ALLEGAN COUNTY TRIAL COURT RULES THAT SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTALS VIOLATE DEED RESTRICTIONS

As mentioned in our previous blog article, technological advancements have increased the ability of individuals to do short-term leasing, as opposed to the traditional long term, six month or greater, leasing arrangement, in particular looking at the new phenomenon of Airbnb.  Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO and Homeaway are often used by short-term lessors and lessees alike to both list

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Hoverboards: Addressing Their Risks for Condominium and Homeowner Associations

Introduction Two-wheeled personal mobility devices, or hoverboards, were the ubiquitous holiday gift in 2015.  Small, new and exciting, these contraptions quickly shot to the top of the wish list for many individuals, even those not technologically savvy.  Once the wrapping paper was cleared, however, hoverboards were revealed to present very real risks of danger.  In fact, one popular video showed

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