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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Michigan Court of Appeals holds that HOA cannot revoke approvals for docks

In Haan v Lake Doster Lake Association, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued January 16, 2020 (Docket No. 345282), the Michigan Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 decision that an Allegan county homeowners association could not revoke approvals granted to owners to install docks.  The majority opinion relied on the terms of a membership application for the […]

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Does Your Community Association Have a Vaping Problem?

Electronic cigarettes (or “e-cigarettes”) were first introduced into the U.S. market in the mid-2000s (see here) but only recently garnered national attention when e-cigarette smokers began developing mysterious lung injuries, some of which have been fatal (see here). As of July 2019, 8% of Americans reported vaping (smoking an e-cigarette) within the past week, with almost 1 out of every […]

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Who is Responsible for Carrying Insurance on a Condominium?

Introduction For many people, purchasing a home is the largest investment they will make in their lifetime. While owning real estate should be considered an investment, it should also be viewed as a risk. Aside from the risk that the property will decrease in value, every homeowner should consider the risk that the property could be destroyed, as well as […]

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HB 4676: New procedures for removing discriminatory provisions from covenants and master deeds

On May 24, 2019, Rep. Sarah Anthony introduced HB 4676 in order to make it easier for Michigan condominium associations and homeowners associations to remove discriminatory provisions from a covenant, declaration or master deed.  42 U.S.C. § 3604 of the Federal Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to: (c) To make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, […]

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Brace Yourself: Drones Are Coming to a Community Near You

Aerial photography, weather tracking, search and rescues – these are just a few things drones are being used for as they slowly integrate into our daily lives. Drones for recreational use can be purchased for as little as $30, and in June 2019, Amazon announced that within a matter of months it will begin using drones to deliver packages in […]

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