Wind Turbines on Community Association Lawns? HB 6304 and Green Overreach

Will association landscapers have to dodge swirling wind turbine blades? Will grass become a quaint relic, replaced by huge arrays of solar panels? Well, probably not. But HB 6304, which was recently introduced in the Michigan House by Representative Neeley, allows us to imagine significant changes to the appearance and character of Michigan homeowner associations…

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SB 914 – Majority Board Decisions Without a Meeting; Electronic Delivery; Records Requests

Senator David Robertson has introduced a new proposed amendment to the Condominium Act, which has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Local Government. SB 914 would make the following changes: For any documents or information mentioned in the Condominium Act or the condominium documents, the association may deliver those documents or information to an…

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SB 741 Prohibits Local Government from Regulating Dog Breeds

By Joyleih and Sophia, the Legal Beagles – New legislation was introduced in Michigan’s Senate in January, which simply reads as follows: “Sec. 1. (1) A local unit of government shall not enact or enforce an ordinance, policy, resolution, or rule that regulates a dog based upon breed or perceived breed. However, this act does…

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SB 663 Tries to Address Abuse of Fair Housing Accommodations

In an attempt to address what many see as a significant problem with people skirting limits on pets in community associations through all-too-easily obtained letters from physicians stating that an animal is needed for service or emotional support, Representative MacGregor has recently introduced SB 663, which has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Local Government.…

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Robert Meisner Testifies in Lansing, Opposing HB 4446

On October 31, 2017, Robert Meisner testified before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee in opposition to HB 4446. As we have noted previously, HB 4446 includes a dangerous exemption for developers, and fortunately, Representative Greimel clearly recognized that fact when questioning those who drafted the bill. It should be amended to remove the exemption for developers.…

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Michigan Condominiums Can’t Get a Break

Consumer interests are simply not a priority in our state legislature. This is readily apparent with respect to legislation affecting Michigan’s condominium communities over the past few years. Certain well-funded special interests have backed efforts to oppose condominiums’ interests in our legislature, and our state’s lack of business interest disclosure requirements means that our legislators…

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Oppose HB 4446 – Unfair to Condo Associations

As regular readers of our blog will recall, we have provided extensive analysis of HB 4919 (2015), which was introduced in the prior legislative session. While the initial version of the legislation was positive, unfortunately it was later amended such that the bill actually represented a threat for certain Michigan condominium associations. Now, that amended version…

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Support SB 64 / HB 4345 – Disclosure of Business Interests

More Open Government Would Benefit Community Associations Too often, we have seen clearly equitable and fair state legislation that would be beneficial to Michigan’s community associations get stalled and wither on the vine, whereas legislation which is counter to community associations’ interests, spearheaded by well-funded for-profit special interests, tends to sail through with little objection. We have reason to believe…

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No, It’s a Drone!

With the exponential rise in the popularity of drones (technically referred to as “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”) over the past few years for personal use, as well as current testing by businesses like Amazon for commercial delivery to residences, the federal government and many states, including our state government in Michigan, have taken the first steps…

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Oppose HB 4015 – “Annual Budget Meeting” of Co-Owners and More

Last year, we posted information about Michigan House Bill 5655 and asked our readers to write their legislators in opposition. Subsequently, we were led to believe that the author of the bill, Representative Peter Lucido, did not plan to pursue it any further, but unfortunately he has reintroduced the same legislation in this year’s 2017…

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New Michigan Law Confirms Landlords May Ban Medical Marijuana Smoking

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed SB 72 into law, which should be effective on or about April 10, 2017, codifying part of a 2011 opinion by the State Attorney General. SB 72 has added the following (bold text) to the state statute created by the previous voter-initiated legislation on medical marijuana: “Nothing in this act…

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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…

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