Association Governance

Michigan Passes Law Allowing Owners and HOAs to Remove Discriminatory Restrictions from Deeds and Other Recorded Documents

Michigan Passes Law Allowing Owners and HOAs to Remove Discriminatory Restrictions from Deeds and Other Recorded Documents

The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.  A new Michigan law went into effect on December 13, 2022 called the Discharge of Prohibited Restrictive Covenants Act (“Act”). This Act gives Michigan property owners and Michigan community...

Deferred Maintenance At Forefront With Revisions To Lender Questionnaires: How The Secondary Mortgage Market Is Responding To Surfside Tragedy

Deferred Maintenance At Forefront With Revisions To Lender Questionnaires: How The Secondary Mortgage Market Is Responding To Surfside Tragedy

On October 13, 2021, the Federal National Mortgage Association issued Lender Letter to take effect January 1, 2022. This Lender Letter temporarily revises the eligibility requirements for lenders issuing loans that may be purchased by Fannie Mae for properties located in condominiums containing five or more attached units.

5 Things Every Board Member Must Know for Effective Long-Term Planning: A Guide to Proactive Decision Making for Your Community Association

5 Things Every Board Member Must Know for Effective Long-Term Planning: A Guide to Proactive Decision Making for Your Community Association

Long-term planning is one of the primary duties an individual undertakes when seated on the board of directors for a community association. There is a constant balance that must be found between a desire to keep assessment levels steady (and low) and ensuring that the items which the association is responsible for repairing, replacing and maintaining are properly handled in the short and long-term.

Navigating Conflicting Priorities on the Board: Strategies for Resolution

Navigating Conflicting Priorities on the Board: Strategies for Resolution

The successful and effective administration of a community often depends on several players, each bringing a unique, and necessary, factor to the equation. This composition includes the diverse background of the community association board members, and potentially other resources, The successful and effective administration of a community often depends on several players, each bringing a unique, and necessary, factor to the equation. This composition includes the diverse background of the community association board members, and potentially other resources,

Michigan Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions

Michigan Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions

On June 22, 2021, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services rescinded Michigan’s COVID-19 epidemic orders. This action came some nine days ahead of the July 1, 2021 date that had been previously announced for the repeal of these orders.