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 theRead more
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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 toRead more
MCL 559.234 and Mich Admin R 559.111: Know the rules related to shared recreational facilities in Condominiums
Recreational facilities in condominiums are often one of the many amenities that draw potential purchasers to a particular condominium. Co-owners enjoy the use of recreational facilities such as barbeques, basketball courts, boat launches/slips, clubhouses, gyms, parks, picnic areas, pools, private lakes, saunas, spas or tennis courts in many condominiums. Many recreational facilities are common elements that are located within aRead more
What is the bank’s obligation to pay assessments under the Michigan Condominium Act after a foreclosure?
MCL 559.169 allows for a Michigan condominium association to impose assessments against all co-owners in order to pay for the common expenses that are necessary to operate the condominium. When a co-owner fails to pay assessments, it places a strain on the condominium association’s budget for the year and unfairly results in an increased burden on the remaining co-owners asRead more
On December 21, 2012, the City of Fenton acquired 52 undeveloped units in the Waters Edge Townhomes Condominium from the Genesee County Treasurer after a tax foreclosure sale. Pursuant to MCL 559.108, MCL 559.137 and the master deed, each of the units was assigned a percentage of value. Upon becoming a co-owner, by virtue of its acquisition of the units,Read more
Can a co-owner withhold assessment payments if they are dissatisfied with their condominium association?
Condominium assessments are the lifeblood of any condominium association. A condominium association cannot function and provide essential services to co-owners unless assessments are collected. Unfortunately, dissatisfied co-owners often threaten to escrow or withhold assessments as a means to get what they want. Examples of situations where co-owners commonly threaten to withhold assessments and/or withhold assessments are as follows: A co-ownerRead more