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#communityassociationstoo: Community Associations’ Liability for Sexual Harassment Under HUD’s Hostile Environment Rules

In the summer of 2013, Kayla West began looking for a house to rent in Georgia. She came across a rental home owned by DJ Mortgage, LLC, and contacted Gene Andrews, DJ Mortgage, LLC’s property and leasing manager. Ms. West entered into a lease agreement for the rental property, and between August 2013 and October 2013, Ms. West alleged that

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Amendment to the Marketable Record Title Act puts Michigan restrictive covenants at risk

On December 31, 2018, SB 671 was enacted into law, via 2018 PA 572, in order to amend the Michigan Marketable Record Title Act. SB 671 was a lame duck bill that may have drastic consequences for Michigan condominiums and homeowners’ associations in the future.  Based on the amendment to the Michigan Marketable Record Title Act, in certain circumstances, Michigan

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HB 6304: HOA’s could not ban or require approval for solar panels, clothes lines or wind turbines

On September 5, 2018, Rep. Sheldon Neeley introduced HB 6304 in order to invalidate provisions in the governing documents of homeowners’ association that ban “energy-saving improvements” or require approval from a homeowner’s association to install an “energy-saving improvement.” The proposed bill would be extremely problematic for Michigan community association’s for several reasons. First, HB 6304 is problematic as there may

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Michigan Court rules that association is not required to maintain road to township standards

In McGue v Glenbrook Beach Association, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued March 6, 2018 (Docket No. 337785), the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s dismissal of an owner’s claim against a Michigan Summer Resort Owners Association for failing to maintain the roads in the subdivision according to the township ordinance. In this case, James McGue

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Michigan Court of Appeals rules that modular home violates restrictive covenants

In Thiel v Goyings, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued August 8, 2017 (Docket No. 333000), the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the construction of a partially prefabricated home violated the restrictive covenants in the Timber Ridge Bay Subdivision.  Specifically at issue were restrictive covenants that provided as follows: COVENANTS, RESTRICTIONS AND CONDITIONS Section 1. Establishment of

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Want to learn more about Michigan Condo and HOA Law? Attend one of Kevin Hirzel’s upcoming seminars

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 in statutory and case law. Michigan Community Association Institute Continuing Education Seminar:  How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of the Fair Housing Act

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WXYZ Detroit interviews Kevin Hirzel on short-term rental laws and AirBnB in Michigan

WXYZ Detroit (Channel 7) recently interviewed Kevin Hirzel regarding short-term rentals.  The interview discusses the impact of local ordinances, condominium bylaws and homeowners association bylaws on short-term rentals and AirBnB use.  The interview also discusses insurance and liability implications associated with AirBnB use.  The full interview can he found here.  Kevin Hirzel is the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, PLC and

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