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MI Supreme Court declines appeal in flooding suit against GR (condo)

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in the lawsuit against the city of Grand Rapids over flooding that damaged Plaza Towers.  In an order issued Tuesday, the court said the lawsuit is valid and the city

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Suit settlement allows couple to continue to build home (MI)

A couple whose homeowners’ association slapped them with a lawsuit will not stop building their new home, tear it down and start over. The band saws will buzz on, now that the suit has been settled out of court.  Ralph

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Crumbling streets get $3.8M facelift (MI)

Street repairs totaling $3.8 million are occurring across Canton this summer, ridding some neighborhoods of crumbling pavement and car-rattling potholes.  In all, 20 subdivisions cashed in on a chance to pay just 20 percent of street-repair costs while Wayne County

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Feud between homeowner’s group, couple heads to court (MI)

Windows are installed and wall framing is up, but a Livingston County couple may have to stop building their new home, tear it down and start over. It all depends on the outcome of a feud with their homeowner’s association

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Late night condo fire serves as a good reminder for fire safety (MI)

In the early morning hours on Monday, the Orion Township Fire Department responded to the report of a condo on fire in the 1900 block of Country Lane near Joslyn and Scripps. Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies were the first on

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Support HB 4919 – Board Enforcement Powers

When drafting original governing documents such as Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, condominium developers and their attorneys follow a common practice of including a requirement that at least 2/3 of the association members must vote to approve any commencement of

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East Lansing (MI) in court again over nearly $20K in rental fines (condo rental)

A city code enforcement officer wrote nearly $20,000 in tickets on one day in February to an East Lansing couple for renting their condominium without a license between 2012 and 2015.  The couple Seth and Elizabeth Kelser have challenged the

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Couple building home slapped with suit from neighbors (MI)

The couple got approvals from both the homeowners’ association and Genoa Township, and thought they were good to go.  However, small changes were made to that plan after the homeowners’ association board completed its review. The house plans themselves did

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Proposed car condo complex in Huron Township would feature longest road course in Michigan

A $10 million undertaking is in the works for one Ypsilanti car enthusiast who is hoping to build a car condo complex complete with the longest road course in all of Michigan on the site of the former Pinnacle Race

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Firefighters rush to battle condo fire in Detroit’s Midtown (MI)

Firefighters rushed to the scene of a condo fire in Detroit’s Midtown Friday morning.  The fire broke out at the Woodbridge Estates near the Lodge Freeway and Martin Luther King Boulevard.  Detroit firefighters were able to get everyone out of

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Condo owners’ dogs to get park (MI)

There won’t be any recess at the former Jefferson School, being converted into condominiums, unless you have four legs and a tail.  On Monday St. Joseph city commissioners approved a request from developers of the Jefferson Loft condos at 2214

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Farmington (MI) Firefighters Obtain Vital Device for Deaf Woman

A deaf woman whose Farmington condo caught fire last month is now safer because of a specialized smoke detector obtained for her by Farmington public safety officers.    Read the article…………

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Nearly 20 residents displaced after fire at Trenton (MI) condominium

Nearly 20 residents have been temporarily displaced after a fire broke out inside a Trenton condominium Saturday afternoon.     Read the article…………..

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This Downtown Condo’s HOA Dues Might Cost More Than Your Rent

In this Detroit listing, it reads, “At The Residences at The Westin Book Cadillac, the quality of your lifestyle depends upon you.” But really living in one of these residences is less dependent on you and more dependent on how

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Downtown condo owners upset about end of tax-free living (MI)

More than a decade ago, city leaders designated Union Square Condos and adjacent properties as a “neighborhood enterprise zone” in hopes that the school-turned-housing would rejuvenate the area. To get people to move in, the city offered a state-authorized waiver

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Judge accuses Rockford, developers of ‘chicanery’ in controversial condo project

A judge has accused the City of Rockford and a developer of “chicanery” to gain approval for a controversial condominium project.  Kent County Circuit Judge Donald Johnston said it appears the city colluded with the developer of the 51-unit project

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Sunday morning fire damages two-story condo in Troy (MI)

A two-story condo at the Northfield Hills Condominiums in Troy is severely damaged after a fire broke out inside the unit Sunday morning.    Read the article………..

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Fire at Versailles condos, no injuries reported (MI)

A resident’s alertness and quick response by Farmington Public Safety is credited with averting what could have been disastrous fire damage and possible injuries at the Versailles Condominiums on Sunday.     Read the article…………

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Condos clean up after sewage spill (MI)

A broken valve is blamed for spilling up to 3,000 gallons of raw sewage Tuesday within a Handy Township condominium development.  A broken sewer lead in front of a vacant lot on Summerbrooke Circle spilled septic tank sewage within the

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Neighbors in upscale Detroit (MI) areas feud over fees

Some residents in Sherwood Forest are suing the city — and their own neighborhood association — so they won’t have to pay extra for supplemental services such as snow plowing, mosquito spraying and security.     Read the article…………..

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Shipping container home complexes to be built in Detroit by September

By fall, there could be three new condominium complexes made out of used shipping containers in Detroit.   Leslie Horn, CEO of Three Squared Construction, said Tuesday that her North Corktown model building is finished.    Read the article…………..

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Locals seek more county money to fix streets (MI)

Canton, alone, received $3 million for 20 street-repair projects in aging subdivisions where homeowner groups agreed to plunk down another 20 percent — or $600,000 — in matching dollars. Officials say the repairs, while not a panacea for widespread problems,

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Michigan ‘Covered Up Lead’ in 2nd City (HOA)

In 2008, a homeowners association in Fenton, Michigan—which operates on a private water system—sought help as it struggled with dangerous lead levels.    Read the article…………     More detailed article……….

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Bloomfield neighborhood by-laws show outdated, racist language

This story begins in a Bloomfield Township neighborhood, known today as Wing Lake Farms. The large subdivision was born as Sly Farms nearly 70 years ago.  When the homeowners’ association recently sent a resident a copy of the 1947 deed

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Outcry delays awarding contract for subdivision roads (MI)

Public outcry from homeowners facing an approximately $20,000 bill to pay for new roads in the Independence Commons subdivision prompted the Farmington Hills City Council on Monday to postpone awarding a contract for the work.    Read the article………….

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Condo fire that critically injured man was fueled by storm’s strong winds (MI)

An open garage door and strong northern winds likely fueled a Wednesday condominium fire that critically injured a man and displaced residents of the four-unit structure.   Read the article………….

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New Take on Community Policing in Plymouth Township (MI)

About two dozen police officers have been assigned to the officer-assisted program, The Plymouth Observer reports. They won’t walk a beat, but each will be a liaison for one or more homeowners association in the 60 or so subdivisions in

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Condo fire leaves 3 without a home in Ypsilanti Township (MI)

A fire at a condominium in Ypsilanti Township Saturday left three people temporarily without a home, officials said.   Read the article…………

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Fire tears through Dexter (MI) condo

What sounded like a noisy neighbor turned out to be a large fire in Dexter on Thursday night.  Matt King, 23, was finishing up dinner in his ground-level condo on Jan. 7 in the 4500 block of Inverness Street in

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Water flowing freely again in Alto (MI) development

he water’s flowing freely again in a West Michigan condo community.  13 On Your Side first told you about water issues at the Alto Meadows development more than three weeks ago. The water pressure was so low that Kelli Holmes

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Warwick HOA donates scanner to Township Police Dept (MI)

Generosity seems to be part of the very fabric of the Grand Blanc community, and as evidence of that, at a recent meeting of the Grand Blanc Community Home-owner’s Association, it was reported that a local HOA was able to

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Pricey Car Condos Popping Up Around the Country

Cars, especially luxury or vintage models, are major investments that need a decent amount of pampering to help them run well for years to come, all while looking their best. For some wealthier auto enthusiasts, running out of space in

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Fire damages Boyne Mountain condo (MI)

A problem with a heating and cooling unit caused a fire that damaged a condo unit at the Boyne Mountain resort Tuesday.   Read the article…………..

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Fire tears through Ann Arbor condo

Schroeder said police arrived first on scene and found the fire fully involved in a unit in the Chapel Hill condominiums.  It is not yet clear what started the fire and the incident remains under investigation, he said.     Read

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Plaza Towers flooding suit against GR revived (MI)

A lawsuit against the city of Grand Rapids sparked by historic flooding is moving forward.  In a decision released Friday, The Michigan Court of Appeals said Plaza Towers can proceed with its lawsuit against the city over damage caused by

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Fire chief: Condos’ water issues concerning (MI)

Following a 13 On Your Side report about low water pressure at a housing development in Kent County, our Watchdog Team contacted the fire department to find out if it is also a safety issue.   Read the article………….

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Neighbors wait weeks for condo assoc. to fix water issue (MI)

From doing laundry to showering, it’s been a struggle. 13 On Your Side is looking at why some residents have been dealing with low-water pressure months at the Alto Meadows Condo Association. WZZM 13 contacted the maintenance manager to get

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Residents challenge Novi’s trash plan

Most speakers, however, wondered if the city could or would reconsider the ordinance. Representatives of several homeowner associations said their memberships are satisfied by the current service provided by companies including Duncan Disposal, Rizzo Environmental Services and Advanced Disposal. Many

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Woman vows to buck Christmas light rules (MI)

One homeowner says she has no intention of abiding by strict new condominium association rules about what kind of outdoor Christmas lights she can display.   Read the article…………….

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Senstock survives recall effort launched by Venice Shores homeowners

Former Harrison Township Supervisor James Senstock — who was recalled from office by voters — survived another recall attempt Thursday as president of the Venice Shores Homeowners Association.   Read the article………….

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Disgruntled homeowners association resident ordered to pay fee (MI)

A judge ordered a woman to pay $700 she owes to her housing association after she withheld her monthly fee due to her complaints about the association’s operations.  Judge Carrie Fuca of 41B District Court in Clinton Township on Tuesday

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Federal Legislative Update for Associations: Amateur Radio Parity Act, FHA Certification and FEMA

I had the pleasure of attending the Community Association Institute (CAI) Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. earlier this week and talking with various legislators and their staff regarding issues that impact Condominium Associations. Three (3) major federal issues that will

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Condo group sues Aretha Franklin, says she owes $11,000

A Bloomfield Township condominium association wants to foreclose on a property owned by legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin for non-payment of more than $11,563 in fees and maintenance assessments.  Read the article………..

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Smoke seen for miles in Bloomfield Hills (MI) condo fire

Condos in Bloomfield Hills burned Sunday, and The Oakland Press is working to learn more about this fire.  Readers reported the fire in attached condos on Hickory Glen Drive south of Hickory Grove and east of Woodward began about 10:15

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Man dies in Grand Ledge (MI) condo fire

A man died this afternoon in a condominium fire in Grand Ledge, the city’s fire chief said.  An emergency call came in at 12:28 p.m. about a wheelchair possibly on fire in a unit at Timber Creek Condominiums, Grand Ledge

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Condo Destroyed By Fire Saturday In Sodus Township (MI)

A condo unit was lost to fire on Saturday in Sodus Township. Wayne Davis, with the Sodus Township Fire Department, says that the call came in just before five am about the blaze at the Villas at the River,   Read

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State (MI) Legislature considers change to condo laws

On September 10, 2015, representative Michael McCready introduced House Bill 4861, which would modify the Condominium Act, MCL 559.101, et. seq.  Importantly, the major change to the law would be the addition of the following new Section 52(5):    Read

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Quail Run condominium building severely damaged by fire (MI)

A four-unit building in Quail Run Condominiums in Oshtemo Township was severely damaged by fire Thursday evening.  No one was injured.       Read the article…………..

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Condo’s speed bumps get motorists’ attention and objections (MI)

Complaints are flying about the speed bumps installed on the streets of New Amsterdam Village condominium community, but Association President Leon Slagter said praise has been coming in, too.   Read the article………..

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Lake patrol costs pass to Oakland homeowners

When a boat capsized recently on Cass Lake and homeowners rushed to help the victims, one rescuer wondered why there wasn’t a sheriff’s marine boat on scene.    Read the article………..

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