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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)

Muskegon resident Jennifer Linn Mathiak, 34, was put on probation for one year and ordered to serve 50 hours of community service.  She admitted to taking between $4,000 and $5,000 from Johnson Fabrication and Welding, a Grand Haven company, on

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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.  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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