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Can you Foreclose on Just Unpaid Fines? How a Recent Decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals May Impact a Condominium Association’s Ability to Collect Unpaid Fines

Can you Foreclose on Just Unpaid Fines? How a Recent Decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals May Impact a Condominium Association’s Ability to Collect Unpaid Fines

In a unanimous but problematic decision issued on February 25, 2021 in Channel View East Condominium Association, Inc. v Ferguson (Docket No. 351888), a panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a condominium association did not have authority to...

Protections Against Housing Discrimination Extended to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Protections Against Housing Discrimination Extended to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The new presidential administration is expanding the government's enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act ("FHA"). Community associations are subject to the anti-discrimination provisions within the FHA. The FHA expressly prohibits discrimination based upon "sex"...

Governor’s Emergency Powers Ruled Unconstitutional? Controversial Gathering Prohibitions and Mask Mandate to Survive Under Alternate Legal Authority.

Governor’s Emergency Powers Ruled Unconstitutional? Controversial Gathering Prohibitions and Mask Mandate to Survive Under Alternate Legal Authority.

On October 2, 2020, four weeks after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued two new Executive Orders regarding Michigan's Safe Start response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Michigan Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to the Governor's emergency powers. A divided...

COVID-19 & Community Association Foreclosures: Boards Encouraged to Enact COVID-19 Related Moratoriums on Foreclosures

COVID-19 & Community Association Foreclosures: Boards Encouraged to Enact COVID-19 Related Moratoriums on Foreclosures

Covid-19 has upended normal life for all Americans, from widespread job losses, scrambling for daycare, to working from home while watching the kids at the same time. Community associations have likewise been affected. Such significant disruptions in daily life have,...