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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Checking the List Twice: Buying a Condominium Unit in Michigan During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Buying a new home can be a stressful, frustrating experience – buying a home during the COVID-19 pandemic may be even worse.  By the time you have found the perfect home, you may just want to sign all the papers put in front of you; however, whether buying a condominium unit during a pandemic or not, you should carefully review

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Executive Order 2020-42: Michigan bans short-term rentals until April 30, 2020

On April 9, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-42, which extended the stay-at-home requirements that were originally contained in Executive Order 2020-21 until April 30, 2020.  In addition to extending the stay-at-home requirements, Executive Order 2020-42 also implemented additional restrictions on short-term rentals.  Specifically, the order precludes any type of travel to a vacation rental.  The Executive order does

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Has your condo association adopted building access and use rules in response to COVID-19?

It is important that Michigan condominium associations are proactive in protecting the health and safety of the co-owners during the coronavirus pandemic.  As previously noted by the Michigan Court of Appeals: Inherent in the condominium concept is the principle that to promote the health, happiness, and peace of mind of the majority of the unit owners since they are living

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Michigan Step Forward Program helps pay delinquent Condominium Assessments

The Michigan Step Forward Program provides governmental assistance to Michigan residents, based upon financial need, in order to help with the payment of condominium assessments, mortgage payments and property taxes.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Emergency declared in Michigan, the program has received an increased volume of applications as roughly 1 in 10 Michiganders

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Fighting the Financial Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has made two significant programs available to help small businesses withstand the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic on the United States economy: (1) the Paycheck Protection Program; and (2) the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance. Both programs are intended to help small businesses by providing funds for necessary operational expenses. Businesses

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Court rules Site Condominium Unit was rebuilt in accordance with Master Deed

In DeCaminada v Hammond, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued February 18, 2020 (Docket No. 345847), the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that the co-owners of a site condominium unit who constructed a larger home, after losing their home in a fire, had constructed the home “substantially” in accordance with the master deed.  The Court determined that the

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