Michigan Senate Bill 610: A fix to Section 67 of the Michigan Condominium Act (MCL 559.167) or the creation of a new set of problems?

The intended purpose of MCL 559.167 of the Michigan Condominium Act was to create an end date for developing condominium projects in Michigan and prevent incomplete projects that are not only an eyesore, but also create numerous practical problems for operating a condominium association.  The current version of MCL 559.167 has been in place for almost fifteen (15) years and allows for […]

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Transitioning from Developer Control to Nondeveloper Co-owner Control: Five Practical Steps Every Condominium Should Take

Every community association in Michigan undergoes a transition or “turnover” phase whereby the control of the community association changes from developer control to owner control.  In Michigan, the transition process for condominiums is governed by the Condominium Act, MCL 559.110, et al. Unfortunately, homeowner associations are not included in the Condominium Act and are solely governed by the terms in […]

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A Board of Directors' Guide to Resolving Common Element Construction Defects in a Michigan Condominium

Michigan condominium associations are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the general common elements.  While many condominium associations budget for repairs and maintenance of the common elements over an extended period of time, most associations are unprepared to address common element construction defects caused by a developer’s inadequate design, use of defective or substandard materials, insufficient site testing or […]

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