Coronavirus: What Condos and HOA’s need to know about reopening recreational facilities

Michiganders living in condominiums and homeowners associations have been subject to some form of a stay-at-home order since March 24, 2020 due to COVID-19. However, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has started reopening portions of Northern Michigan, and it is expected that the restrictions on recreational facilities in community associations throughout Michigan will be relaxed in the near future. However, at the […]

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Can an Association Limit Your Right to Bear Arms?

Can an association restrict an individual’s right to bear arms? The answer, though nuanced, is likely in the affirmative. An association’s board has wide authority under the governing documents to restrict everything from paint color to holiday decorations, as long as the action is reasonable. See, e.g., Allnutt v High Court of Foresters, 62 Mich 110, 28 NW 802 (1886); […]

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Kevin Hirzel receives Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 Award

Congratulations to Kevin M. Hirzel for being a member of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 class for 2020! This program honors young professionals and leaders who reside or work in Oakland County and have achieved excellence in their profession. Out of 250 applications and nominations, Mr. Hirzel was hand selected by a panel of independent judges and […]

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Does Your Community Association Have a Vaping Problem?

Electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigarettes”) were first introduced into the U.S. market in the mid-2000s (see here) but only recently garnered national attention when e-cigarette smokers began developing mysterious lung injuries, some of which have been fatal (see here). As of July 2019, 8% of Americans reported vaping (smoking an e-cigarette) within the past week, with almost 1 out of every […]

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Resolving Satellite Dish Location Disputes: Sastin 2, LLC v Hemingway Association, Inc

Homeowner associations often seek to exercise architectural control over exterior structures within their communities which impact community aesthetics.  For some issues, however, an association’s concern over the form of a structure potentially impacts its function creating a conflict between the interest of the association and the interest of the owner seeking to install the structure.  The installation and location of […]

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Kevin Hirzel’s interview with Murray Feldman on the Feldman Report on WWJ AM 950

A site condominium is a type of condominium that exists in Michigan and is composed of single-family homes.  Site condominium units are still subject to restrictions contained in a Master Deed and Condominium Bylaws and it is important that purchasers review the Master Deed and Condominium Bylaws before purchasing.  Many people who purchase a home in a site condominium do […]

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