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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The top 3 things you must know about HUD’s new guidance on assistance and emotional support animals

On January 28, 2020, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on how housing providers, such as condominium associations, homeowners associations and landlords, can comply with the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 USC 3601 et seq. in evaluating requests for assistance and emotional support animals.  HUD estimates that 60% of all Fair Housing Act complaints relate […]

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Kevin Hirzel elected to the Community Associations Institute’s Board of Trustees

Kevin Hirzel, the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, PLC, was elected to a two (2) year term on the Community Associations Institute (“CAI”) Board of Trustees that commences on January 1, 2020.  CAI is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees that is selected from its more than 40,000 members worldwide.  Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the […]

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MCL 559.149: How to subdivide condominium units under the Michigan Condominium Act

Michigan condominium associations and co-owners should be aware that the Michigan Condominium Act, MCL 559.101, et seq., contains a specific procedure that allows for condominium units to be divided.  A single co-owner may purchase a large site condominium unit and later decide to divide the lot into two separate units.  However, condominium associations should be aware that an amendment to […]

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Michigan Court of Appeals rules that co-owner is responsible for pre-existing bylaw violations after purchasing condominium unit

Kevin Hirzel, Brandan Hallaq and Kayleigh Long of Hirzel Law, PLC represented the Fox Pointe Association in this case. In Fox Pointe Association v Ryal, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued July 23, 2019 (Docket No. 344232), the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a co-owner was responsible for the pre-existing bylaw violations of a prior co-owner after […]

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