Emotional Support / Companion Animals – Are People Claiming  Disabilities to Get around Pet Restrictions?

In the past 5 years, community living associations, such as condominiums, co-operatives and homeowner associations, are increasingly being inundated with requests for accommodations for emotional support and companion animals.  Many board members and co-owners feel that their neighbors are claiming a disability simply to get around pet restrictions in their communities. Unlike service animals, which are regulated under the Americans […]

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The Future is Now: Is Your Condominium Association Prepared to Handle these 6 Technological Advances?

The last significant revisions to the Michigan Condominium Act took place in 2001 and 2002.  While many Michigan condominium associations have amended their governing documents to address the 2001 and 2002 amendments to the Michigan Condominium Act, those amendments often fail to account for the numerous, recent technological advances which have arisen after those revisions.  When amending condominium documents, associations […]

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Free Speech and your Community Association: Will the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling in Dublirer v 2000 Linwood Avenue Owners, Inc impact campaigning in Michigan Condominium Association elections?

In Dublirer v 2000 Linwood Avenue Owners, Inc the New Jersey Supreme Court considered the issue of whether or not an owner in a cooperative had a right to distribute campaign materials in seeking election to the co-op’s board of directors.  The Co-Op had a house rule that barred soliciting and distributing any written materials and the Co-Op denied Mr. […]

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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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Understanding the Difference between a Designated Voter Representative Form (DVR) and a Proxy in Michigan Condominium Association Elections

Michigan condominium associations are often a hotbed for politicking prior to an election of directors or other votes that take place at an annual or special meeting. It is common for board candidates, or other co-owners, to go door to door and solicit the right to vote on behalf of their fellow co-owners prior to an association meeting. In many […]

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