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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The Role and Importance of the Reserve Study in Determining an Appropriate Reserve Fund

Matthew W. Heron, Esq. Introduction A well-run condominium can be thought of as having two components: (1) physical assets, which are the buildings, structures, and grounds on which the condominium is located; and (2) financial assets, which are the funds necessary to maintain the condominium’s physical assets. So long as the financial assets are adequate to meet the maintenance needs […]

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The Lion in Winter (and Summer, and Fall, and Spring): Summer Resort Associations in Michigan

Introduction As this article is written, the first significant ice storm of winter 2015-2016 has just blown through Michigan leaving icy roads, downed powerlines, and numerous traffic accidents. Of course, this is the perfect time to turn to summer and dream about the potential purchase of a picturesque home sitting on one of Michigan’s beautiful lakes. For many who live in […]

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