Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020
News Every Day |

Some Homeowners Association Agreements Over 40 Years Old Could Expire In March

CBS Detroit – For many who purchase a condominium or home in a community association, they don’t mind the homeowner association fees. As the fees pay for external maintenance, improvements, and for services in the community like a clubhouse and/or a pool. Others regret these agreements because depending on who is managing the association everything from the color of your tulips falls under the scrutiny of the association.

According to an article in Hometown Life, a lame-duck law passed in 2018 could null and void these association agreements if the association governing documents are older than 40 years old and if certain conditions are met in March. In a conversation with Robert Meisner of the Meisner Law Group, who specializes in representing condominiums, homeowners associations, and developers, said that Michigan Public Act 572 could impact some community associations in the state.

However, while the law is not too clear, it could be interpreted to mean that people selling a property that is part of a community association, and the documents that govern the association are more than 40 years old, the homeowner can remove their property from the association. This is done “by omitting complete reference to recorded governing documents in the grant deed.”, said attorney Robert Meisner to Hometown Life.

For associations who fall under this possible interpretation of Public Act 572, there are avenues they can explore to protect their interests as well. If before the 40-year deadline expires in their governing by-laws, they could record a claim of interest. Which would keep their authority under the governing documents to all of the units or homes in the original homeowners association agreement. Those associations who don’t take action and let the 40-year term lapse could find themselves with homeowners removing themselves from the agreements.

The apparent problem is that many condominiums and communities share buildings, streets, and maintenance services among many residents. According to Meisner, a bill has been introduced to fix some of the problems with PA 572. House Bill 5260 according to Meisner defines (section e): “Bar the enforcement of any provision contained in or referred to in a recorded master deed for a condominium and its recorded amendments.”

Meisner says this should be expanded to include homeowner’s associations and their restrictions. However HB 5260 hasn’t been passed yet, and on June 2, 2020 it was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

For those who are concerned about what PA 572 could mean to their circumstances, they should consult their attorney and stay informed as this could change.

© 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Information from the Hometown Life contributed to this report.

Read also

Colby Covington further responds to UFC Vegas 11 backlash: ‘There’s nothing that I said that was racist’

New luxury condos just hit the market on NYC's Madison Avenue for the first time in 20 years, and residences start at $12.5 million — take a look inside

Cops offer £20,000 reward in hunt for dad who ‘abducted boys, aged 3, 5 and 6, at knifepoint’

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here