Oppose Senate Bill 610 Regarding Development of Michigan Condos

The Meisner Law Group, P.C. strongly opposes Senate Bill 610 because it undermines the rights of co-owners to ensure that a developer will complete the condominium project in a timely fashion. That is why Section 67 of the Condominium Act was adopted, and the fact that developers have in some instances been unable to develop condominiums within…


Tips on How to Handle Disputes With the Condominium Developer

A. DON’T DO IT YOURSELF Turn the matter over to your experienced community association attorney – otherwise, you will be outgunned and outsmarted, as most developers are sophisticated businesspeople with an army of lawyers. B. DETERMINE WHAT MAY BE AT ISSUE Circulate a questionnaire to all co-owners regarding construction defects and other problems. If the defects…


Amendment to the ILSA Cuts Red Tape for Condominium Developers

The Federal Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (“ILSA”) was originally passed in 1968 in an effort to protect consumers from fraudulent land sales practices.  The ILSA previously required developers of certain types of condominiums to register new condominium projects with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) and to provide a property report to…


Who is the Developer of my Condominium?

The Michigan Condominium Act, specifically MCL 559.106(2), defines a “Developer” of a Michigan Condominium as follows: (2) “Developer” means a person engaged in the business of developing a condominium project as provided in this act. Developer does not include any of the following (a) A real estate broker acting as agent for the developer in…


A Roadmap to Discovering and Resolving Common Element Construction Defects

The improving real estate market has resulted in decreased home inventories, which has created an increased demand for new construction condominiums. Many potential purchasers will look to buy new construction condominium units with the expectation that the general common elements will be free from construction defects.  This expectation often arises from two common myths.  First,…


Defending the Condominium Developer

A condominium association’s board of directors, which is responsible for administering the affairs of the association, is initially appointed by the developer until a certain number of units is sold. When the owners of the individual units (called “co-owners”) take control of the board, they may conduct financial and physical audits, and those audits may…