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Sixth Circuit Holds That Market Crash Cannot Be Considered in Determining ACV

In Whitehouse Condo. Group, LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11708 (6th Cir. June 17, 2014), the insured condominium building located in Flint, Michigan was destroyed by a fire. The parties disagreed over the...more

Dealing with Conflicting Restrictive Covenants

In a recent case, Oxford Common Elements Condo Corp. No 73 (“OCECC No. 73”) v Greenbury, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice reaffirmed the principle that in instances of overlapping restrictive covenants, the least...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Declines in Market Value are Not a Factor in Determining Actual Cash Value

In a case of first impression in Michigan, the federal Court of Appeals determined last month that general market conditions could not be considered when calculating actual cash value. In Whitehouse Condominium Group, LLC v....more

Who is Reading Your Mail? The Florida Condominium Termination Trap

Crowded dockets, understaffed courts, increased foreclosure times, mandatory mediation, trial mortgage modifications, last-minute bankruptcy petitions and litigation tactics, which in far too many instances fell somewhere...more

Appellate Court Rejects “Explosive Corpse” Theory

So many perils beset Florida condominium owners— hurricanes, mold, floods—that they can be forgiven for overlooking the possibility that the undiscovered body of a deceased neighbor might pose a hazard to adjacent residents....more

California Supreme Court Holds Design Professionals Owe a Duty of Care to Future Homeowners

The California Supreme Court in Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (July 3, 2014), held – based on common law principles – that an architect owes a “duty of care” to future homeowners...more

The California Supreme Court Decides In Favor Of Homeowners In Disputes With California’s Architects

In the case of Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore Owings and Merrill et. al. (July 3, 2014, S208173) Cal.4th, a condominium homeowners association, sued the developer of the project and the project architect...more

Disclosure By Developer Binds Condo Purchasers

Condominium purchasers often do not read the Disclosure documentation which accompanies their Agreement of Purchase and Sale. The Disclosure documentation is important because it contains information which may have an impact...more

Disclosure and Resale Condominiums

As discussed in an earlier blog, Introduction to Condominiums, there are many reasons for buying a condominium ("condo") instead of a house. Condo owners enjoy many of the benefits of home ownership, including individual...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

Neutral Evaluation/Sinkhole Litigation: trial court erred in sustaining objection to insurer’s notice of stay to invoke neutral evaluation process in lawsuit for breach of contract and damages for sinkhole losses to property...more

Privilege Issues Are Important in Homeowner Association Construction Defect Litigation

Attorneys in Homeowners Association (“HOA”) construction defect cases must meet with the homeowners to provide litigation updates and it can sometimes be difficult to preserve the attorney-client privilege for the...more

2014 Legislative Changes Affecting Condominiums, Homeowners Associations, Cooperatives and Timeshares

The 2014 Florida Legislature passed new legislation related to the operation and development of condominiums, homeowners associations, cooperatives, and timeshares. ...more

Indiana Condominium Owners Failed To Show Their Unit Suffered From Obsolescence Or Was Valued Higher Than Comparable Properties

In Kamenova v. Marion County Assessor, Cause No. 49T10-1108-TA-49 (June 4, 2014), Owners of a condominium unit argued the unit’s 2006 assessment was too high due to the negative impact of excessive noise, foul odors, and...more

We Have a Sheriff’s Deed, But Who Pays Association Assessments?

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently held that a purchaser pursuant to a sheriff's sale was responsible for condominium association fees due from and after the date of the sale. In Wells Fargo Bank v Country Place...more

Donald Trump Sanctioned for Failure to Disclose Insurance Policy In Ft. Lauderdale Condo-Hotel Case

Last week, Judge Kathleen Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted plaintiffs’ motion for sanctions against Donald Trump for his initial failure to disclose a relevant insurance policy...more

Editorial: Recent Changes in SEC Rules Creates Opportunities for Condo Hotel Developers

The real estate market is back and with it has come renewed interest in building condo hotels, especially in popular vacation destinations like Miami, Orlando and Las Vegas. Condo hotels were very popular among foreign...more

Nonresidential Condominium Bill Becomes Law

Last week Governor Rick Scott signed into law SB 440, which became Chapter 2014-14 of Florida Laws. This bill removes the requirements imposed on residential condominiums under the Florida Condominium Act regarding elections...more

Collateral Estoppel Sinks LLC Members' Claim

It might seem uncontroversial that the members of a limited liability company cannot follow with a personal lawsuit for injuries after their LLC litigates, and loses, claims based on the same issues. But it took the Business...more

Will This SEC Rule Boost CRE Crowdfunding?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted a new rule that marks good news for condo-hotel developers. In the last real estate cycle, condo hotels were popular among domestic and international investors in...more

Condo Smoking Complaints

How far should the board go in accommodating unit owner complaints about smoking? In the case of Sharon MacKay v. Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corp.2014, cigar smoke penetrated from one unit to the next and became...more

Removing Unit Owners from Condo Units

What does it take for a condominium corporation to force the removal of a unit owner from a unit? We have previously written blogs on this topic, highlighting the unusual nature of the facts that give rise to a situation in...more

Updated Forms Relating to Condominium Act

ServiceOntario has the most up-to-date forms available on their site, recently amended as per the Condominium Act. These forms are needed to comply with certain requirements of regulations made under the Condominium Act....more

An Overview of Condominium Amalgamation

What is “Amalgamation”? It is a consolidation, joining, union or marriage of two or more parties. For condominiums, it means merging two or more similarly built and managed condominium corporations so that it becomes one...more

Can an HOA "Super-Priority" Lien Extinguish a Lender's Deed?

It is hard to imagine that a lender’s first-position deed of trust on a residence worth hundreds of thousands of dollars could be extinguished by a homeowners’ association (HOA) lien for overdue neighborhood assessments,...more

CT Law of the Land

AC35612 - Greenwood Manor, LLC v. Planning & Zoning Commission - During a review of its current zoning regulations, the attorney for a property owner wrote to the planning commission and strongly urged it to downgrade...more

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