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Asking tough questions is not cause to be removed by condo board president

Q: I’m on the board of my condominium association and I’ve been asking some difficult questions of other board members regarding our association’s finances. The president has now threatened to remove me from the board. Can he do that?    Read

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Condo owners sue to close downtown Bay City bar (MI)

A group of downtown Bay City residents is trying to shut down a recently opened craft cocktail bar on the ground level of their building, alleging noise from the establishment is keeping them up at night.  The Shearer Block Condominium

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West Michigan residents facing aftermath of heavy rainfall in the area

In Texas Township, neighbors said no one seems to want to take responsibility for the rising waters in this retention pond.  “Some of our neighbors tried to go to the township and county and nothing came of it,” Ryan said.

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Upcoming Changes to LARA Corporate Filing Submissions Starting October 31, 2017 (MI)

At least once a year, property managers, attorneys or the association itself files corporate documents with the State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (“LARA”) on behalf of the association. In a Michigan condominium association or homeowners association,

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The ABCs of HOAs… Why not abiding by the rules can get you in trouble (MI)

It’s estimated 63 million Americans who live in a newer subdivision or multi-unit development, are likely members of an HOA, or Homeowner’s Association. They can provide a number of benefits, such as taking care of common areas and maintaining the

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Fire safety concerns delay Milford Township condo plan (MI)

The project received preliminary site plan approval from planning officials last month, then hit a snag at the township board meeting Sept. 20, when Fire Chief Thomas Moore said there wasn’t enough room allowed in the plans for fire trucks

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Grand Rapids to use eminent domain against downtown condo for river rights (MI)

he city of Grand Rapids will use its power of eminent domain against a tenant in Plaza Towers to gain the rights to part of the Grand River. The move is part of the city’s effort to restore the river.

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at Harrison Twp. condo complex (MI)

Fire crews worked in searing heat Saturday afternoon to extinguish an accidental fire that caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to a Harrison Township condominium complex.  Firefighters were called out about 3:30 p.m. to Island View Estates on Jefferson Avenue

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Restrictions on bathrooms could lead to violation

Q: One member of our condominium association’s board of directors wants to adopt a rule for our clubhouse bathrooms saying that you can only use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on your birth certificate. He’s been going door

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Water returns to Benton Harbor (apartment) complex (MI) -really a condo

The water is flowing again at a Benton Harbor apartment complex after almost three days or residents hauling buckets from the St. Joseph River.  Mayor Marcus Muhammad reported that city staff resumed water Friday night to the New Harbor Condominum

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Will Short-Term Rentals Be Limited in Northern Michigan?

Among members of lake associations, condo associations and local zoning boards, setting limits and operating rules for short-term rentals has long been part of the conversation—sometimes contentiously so. But online booking services like the longtime player Vacation Rental by Owner

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Strong cooking smells: Get used to it

Q: My new downstairs neighbors in the condo unit below me are cooking strong-smelling foods every single night and my unit is constantly “perfumed” as a result. The constant odor is driving me crazy and attempts at talking with my

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Two men charged in hot tub assault that left women with ripped bikini, bruises (MI)

He later told police he did not know the three women were staying in a condo recently purchased by a new owner. Dean, a condo board member, told police there had been previous problems with strangers trespassing in the hot

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Woman seeking ban over neighbor’s secondhand smoke (MI)

Can cigarette smoke from a neighbor violate the law?  That question has landed in a Detroit court with a lawsuit from an asthmatic breast cancer survivor who says the smoke from her neighbor’s condo is making her sick.  Phyllis Davis

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Oshtemo Township settles lawsuit with condo developer for $150,000 (MI)

Oshtemo Township will settle a lawsuit with local developer Van Kal Partnership LLC.  Van Kal alleged Oshtemo Township illegally denied a proposal to develop a 40-unit condominium project on a site owned by the company. The complaint separately listed Clerk

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Predjudice? Lawsuit claims Bay View religious requirement is discriminatory (MI)

A group of people who oppose the Bay View Association’s requirement that homeowners in the community must have a formal Christian affiliation has taken their case to federal court.  The Bay View Chautauqua Inclusiveness Group, which includes individuals opposed to

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Condo association can limit short-term leases (MI)

Q: Short-term rentals are becoming a big problem in our condominium association, especially during the holidays and summer, where leases may be for a week or less. Short-term tenants rarely follow the rules if they even happen to know about

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Airbnb, state of Michigan agree to new tax structure

San Francisco-based Airbnb and the state of Michigan have agreed that the online room-rental platform will now collect and pay a use tax.  Under the agreement, starting July 1, Airbnb will collect a 6 percent tax from users of the

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Marijuana grow operation may have caused Woodhaven fire (MI)

An investigation is underway after a fire at an apartment complex in Woodhaven.  Crews were called out to Kirkway Village Condos off of Allen Road this morning.  It appears the fire only caused exterior damage to two of the condo

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Condominium conflicts Condo lawyers discuss handling potential litigation, compromise (MI)

You can either stay or go. Sue, compromise, or get political by campaigning to join a condominium association board.  These are the pared-down options for a condominium co-owner unhappy with how things are operated, Kevin Hirzel, a Michigan condominium attorney

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Father and his toddler die after being pulled from condo pool

A young father and his three-year-old son are dead after being found, face down in a pool.  It happened at a condo complex in a Northville subdivision.  The 31 year old man and 3 year old child were rushed to

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State, federal laws support ‘group homes’ in residential communities (MI)

Q. Some people in our subdivision have concerns about an adult foster care facility (sometimes referred to as a “group home”) operating in the community and are asking the Board of Directors of our community association to draft a proposed

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Metro Detroit retiree says condo association didn’t give her reimbursement (MI)

A Macomb Township retiree says she was promised a reimbursement from her condo association that never came.  Gail Cieskowicz says she was told she’d be paid a year and a half ago but is still waiting and wondering what it

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AirBnB’s popularity adds to short-term rentals debate in West Michigan

AirBnB, an online rental marketplace that has become a go-to place for those seeking vacation and business rentals, allows travelers to scan available homes for rent in specific areas and quickly book a time.  These AirBnB customers are asked to

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Greencastle Subdivision water main extending; county paying $1.35 million for installation

Oakland County will be contributing $1.35 million for the extension of a water main in the Greencastle Subdivision.  The City of Farmington Hills and Oakland County have reached an agreement on the extension of the main located within the Greencastle

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Two injured in Sterling Heights afternoon condo fire (MI)

Two people were injured, including an elderly resident who had to be carried out of his unit by Sterling Heights firefighters, during a blaze that broke out at the Plumcreek Condominiums on Friday afternoon.  The elderly man, 80, was bed

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Families displaced after fire destroys condo units (MI)

Three departments were called to a chimney fire at a condo complex near Schuss Mountain in Antrim County. The fire crews got the call about 1 o’clock Wednesday morning.      Read the article……………

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Private condo at Boyne Mountain goes up in flames (MI)

Firefighters are still investigating a fire that broke out in a private condo at Boyne Mountain Sunday morning.  The Boyne Valley Fire Chief says when they arrived to the Creekside condo around 4:30 a.m., the condo was completely filled with

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Priests worried for well-being after dispute with Bay County condominium association (MI)

The priest, and another priest, live in a condo at Harbour View Pointe near Linwood, but last month while they were gone, their front room windows were removed and replaced without their approval.  The lawyer for the condominium association says

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New condo? Answers you need to common questions

Q: I just bought my condo from the developer and there is a water leak, I assume from the unit above, coming through the ceiling of my unit and into my bedroom. Who is responsible?   Read the Q&A……………

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Embezzlement suspect receives probation sentence (MI)

A Gwinn woman accused of embezzling $19,000 from The Pines at Red Fox Woods Condominium Association was sentenced Thursday morning in Marquette County District Court.  Tracy Spruitenburg, 44, received 12 months probation plus court fines and costs. Spruitenburg was arrested

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Farmington Hills residents concerned with water quality (MI)

People are asking for safe, clean water.  The county water resource office said they’re addressing the issues.  Farmington Hills residents living in the Greencastle subdivision, located on 12 Mile Road just east of Middlebelt Road, have been observing water quality

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Peninsula Township considers stormwater fix (MI)

Two Peninsula Township neighborhoods could get special assessment districts aimed at fixing persistent flooding problems.  The township is seeking public comment at a Jan. 10 hearing for the districts, one of which centers on Old Mission Estates and includes Braemar

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HB4919 an affront to consumer rights (MI)

Q: I’m a millennial who just bought a new condominium in Michigan. I’m trying to familiarize myself with current Michigan condo laws, but are there also any current bills before the state Legislature that will affect me?  A: The one

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Novi’s neighborhood enhancement grant program supports beautification projects (MI)

The City of Novi has created a grant program that both encourages and funds beautification entryway projects in city neighborhoods.  The Neighborhood Entryway Enhancement Matching Grant Program was established by Novi City Council to provide funding assistance to Homeowners Associations

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“He put his life on the line:’ Sheriff deputy saves residents trapped in burning condo

An Eaton County Sheriff deputy has been released from the hospital after rescuing three people trapped inside a burning condominium Tuesday night in Lansing.   Police say the residents trapped inside had medical issues and were unable to escape the burning

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Four hospitalized after condo fire in Delta Township (MI)

A fire at a condo complex in Delta Township sent four people to the hospital and put several others out of their homes.   Read the article………….

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Southfield condo complex hit by car break-ins and vandalism

One area of Southfield has been hit by a rash of car break-in’s and vandalism.  Seven cars were hit at the Wellington Place Condos off Telegraph Road.  The running theory from police has been that a gang is coming through

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East Lansing condo fire leaves multiple families displaced

Firefighters in East Lansing were forced to fight a resilient fire that seemed harmless at first, but ended up causing some serious damage, leaving multiple families without a home for now.  Earlier this morning, East Lansing firefighters spent hours putting

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Oshtemo Township sued over proposed condo development

A dispute over two units resulted in a lawsuit between Oshtemo Township and local developer Van Kal Partnership LLC.  Van Kal alleges Oshtemo Township illegally denied a proposal to develop a 40-unit condominium project on a site owned by the

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Women sentenced for embezzling from business, condo association (MI)

Two West Michigan women were put on probation and ordered to complete community service when sentenced in separate embezzlement cases on Monday.

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$1M in foundation repairs start on high-end condo building after lawsuit

More than $1 million in work to stabilize a multi-million dollar condominium project began this week, more than a year after a lawsuit alleging the building had extensive construction defects was dismissed.  In March 2014, 19 residents of the Boathouse

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Fire damages Flint Township condominium (MI)

Fire has caused damage to a condominium on Waldon Court in Flint Township.  It happened shortly after 11:15 p.m. Monday night.  The fire started in the kitchen area of one unit on the ground level.     Read the article……………

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Fire at condo complex displaces residents (MI)

One cat has died and several residents are displaced after a Sunday evening fire in a condominium complex’s basement.  The St. Clair Shores Fire Department was called to one of the buildings in the Wedgewood Manor Condominium complex on Masonic

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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.

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

Ralph and Sharon Hazen reached a settlement with the North Shore Village Association, which sued them for changing building plans

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Crumbling streets get $3.8M facelift (MI)

The county aid averted much higher costs that homeowner groups could have faced to fix local streets

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

a Livingston County couple may have to stop building their new home, tear it down and start over

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

According to the United States Fire Administration, Michigan is number seven in the country for home fire fatalities with 54 reported this year. Texas has suffered the worst with 83 so far this year

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Support HB 4919 – Board Enforcement Powers

Michigan Condominium Boards of Directors Have Limited Power to Litigate

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