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Board candidate takes proxy votes door to door in association election

Posted on Mon, May 16, 2011 @ 08:15 AM
  
  
  
  
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Proxy's are only allowed during our annual condo association meeting. Otherwise you must vote in person or have a proxy carried in. We did not have a quorum, so ballots were mailed to each homeowner with a return envelope. One of the candidates took blank ballots and went door to door asking for their vote having the resident fill out these ballots and signing on the spot. Then the candidate took these ballots and mailed their ballot in for them. These residents voted under duress. Is this legal or Illegal? I want to call for a re-vote as the president of the association. I was approached by residents that's how I found out. Am I right or wrong? State of Michigan.

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Condo association has not been charging fees in an equatable fashion

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2011 @ 07:02 AM
  
  
  
  

I am part of a small condo association of 14 units in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We have only two buildings. The condos were built a little over 20 years ago. Since they were built, the condo association has not followed the master deed percentages when assessing dues, someone along the way came up with a different set of percentages that were never legally agreed upon by the owners and the master deed and bylaws were never legally amended to reflect the new percentages. I am a new owner that has discovered the fact that I am being overcharged according to the master deed, but other owners want to say that precedent rules. Because the condo association has done it differently for a number of years, does that negate the legal document (master deed and bylaws) given to me when I purchased my condo? Has any other condo association had problems determining whether a legal document that had not been followed for a number of years could/should be followed?

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Developer defaulting on condo association property and assessments

Posted on Fri, Apr 01, 2011 @ 08:51 AM
  
  
  
  
We own a home in a subdivision designated as a condominium development. There are less then 10 lots built and occupied out of 76 lots. The owner/developer is about to default on taxes for all the undeveloped lots. What becomes of the association itself if the owner defaults and loses the remaining properties? He continues to attempt to collect the yearly association dues, however, has not provided any annual reports or accounting of the dues that have been paid. There is also a sizeable special assessment (over $400,000) that the developer has not paid the county for. If he defaults is there any potential for the assessment to be divided across the individual lots?

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Attorney General to Michigan associations: Condo act not enforceable.

Posted on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 @ 12:04 PM
  
  
  
  

I talked to the Attorney General today in Michigan. Guess what. There is no enforcement for our condo act in Michigan. AG does not have authority to enforce the rule. I was told to either sell, get an attorney, or get on the board. What that means to me is there are a lot of people on the boards in Michigan who can do what ever they want. They can abuse the condo association fees. They really do not need to account for the money spent. So I would like to get as many people together in Michigan as I can to see if we can change that. We need to have some way to enforce the condo act without people having to go to court.

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