Michigan Court of Appeals rules that a Governmental Entity is not liable for Condominium Assessments after Tax Foreclosure

In Harbor Watch Condominium Association v Emmet County Treasurer, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Emmet County Treasurer was not obligated to pay $97,366.09 in condominium assessments, late fees and interest to the Harbor Watch Condominium Association.  In 2011, the Emmet County Treasurer acquired 37 units in Harbor Watch after foreclosing on the units due to unpaid taxes.  The […]

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Bah Humbug! Holiday Lights and Condominium Restrictions: Navigating Time, Place and Size Restrictions

Traditionally, during this time of year many Americans enjoy displaying lights, wreaths and other decorations as part of the holiday season.  However, what happens when a person moves into a condominium project and the Condominium Association’s property manager or the Board indicates there are restrictions on what items can be hung, where those items can be hung, how long the […]

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Understanding the Difference between a Designated Voter Representative Form (DVR) and a Proxy in Michigan Condominium Association Elections

Michigan condominium associations are often a hotbed for politicking prior to an election of directors or other votes that take place at an annual or special meeting. It is common for board candidates, or other co-owners, to go door to door and solicit the right to vote on behalf of their fellow co-owners prior to an association meeting. In many […]

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Why Property Managers are Not the Enemy: A Value Proposition

Why Property Managers Are Not the Enemy: A Value Proposition Association Boards, attorneys, accountants, contractors, consultants and, yes, even property managers are integral to the proper function and operation of community associations.  Association Boards hire a plethora of services and those individuals and companies should have the same goal: to provide value to the Association.  All too often, a Board […]

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