Michigan Legislative Action Committee

The CAI Michigan Legislative Action Committee (CAI MILAC), a committee of CAI is the official voice with legislators and regulators in Michigan. CAI MILAC exists to speak with one voice on legislative and regulatory matters that affect community associations, community association managers and CAI business partners. CAI MILAC is made up of a balance of CAI members and appointees from the chapter within the state. CAI MILAC is a committee of CAI’s national office and is a partner with the CAI chapter within its state.

Legislative Action Committees work to monitor state legislation, educate lawmakers, and protect the interests of those living and working in community associations. Each committee is comprised of homeowner leaders, community managers, and representatives from community association business partners who graciously volunteer their time. (click here to link) 

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As fall in Michigan turns to winter, and then back to summer for a couple days, and then back to winter, the Michigan Chapter of the Community Association Institute’s Legislative Action Committee (“LAC”) is seeing a definite uptick in legislative activity, especially as we near the end of the 2021-2022 legislative session.   As legislators gear up for elections and the expiration of their terms, we expect a significant amount of activity during the upcoming “lame duck” session.

Some key topics involving community associations include the following:

  • Amendments to the Marketable Record Title Act:  In 2021 the LAC expected the Real Property Law Section (RPLS) of the Michigan Bar to propose amendments to the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA) to resolve certain issues and problems which were created by the 2018 amendments to the Act.  This did not occur, and it does not appear as though RPLS has any intention of moving forward with any MRTA amendments.


Instead, on September 8, 2022, Representative Hauck introduced HB 6370.HB 6370 was drafted initially to amend the MRTA so as to protect utility easements and conservation easements from the problems created by the 2018 amendments to the Act and also potentially protect restrictive covenants in deed restrictions.Unfortunately, the language of the HB 6370 was then modified to clarify that it does not benefit community associations.HB 6370 then passed the house, as modified, on September 28, 2022, but has not yet passed the Senate.The LAC has requested that Representative Hauck or HB 6370’s equivalent sponsor in the Senate add language to HB 6370 to protect community associations from the adverse effects of the 2018 amendments to the MRTA by clarifying that their recorded documents are not affected by the MRTA.These efforts appear to face strong opposition from the title insurance lobby which opposes the LAC’s efforts.

The MRTA amendments continue to be a high priority for the LAC.    Even as this legislative session comes to a close, the LAC is still working to introduce and support legislation that will protect community associations and their recorded governing documents (e.g., Master Deeds, Bylaws, and Declarations) from being eliminated as a result of the 2018 amendments to the Act. 

  • Amendments to Sections 106 and 108 of the Condominium Act – Fines and Liens: In 2021 the LAC drafted proposed amendments to Section 108 of the Condominium Act to resolve issues resulting from the 2021 case Channel View East Condo Ass’n, Inc v Ferguson, No 351888 (Mich Ct App Feb 25, 2021) (unpublished).  The amendments are intended to clarify that notwithstanding the conclusion of the Court of Appeals in Channel View East, properly imposed unpaid fines are secured by a condominium lien regardless of whether unpaid assessments are also owed. 


The LAC’s proposed amendments would also clarify that the “notice and hearing” requirement of Section 106 of the Act governing the imposition of fines against co-owners for violations.Under the LAC’s proposed amendments, the association’s notice and hearing obligations under Section 106 would be satisfied as long as the association has offered the co-owner the opportunity for a hearing (regardless of whether the co-owner actually requests or attends a hearing with the board).This change is intended to help provide clarity to association boards as to their statutory duty to provide notice to co-owners and conduct hearings on violations before imposing a fine.


The LAC has been working with legislators to get these amendments introduced and expects to see the legislation introduced in early 2023.


  • Reserve Studies and Reserve Funding: In response to the Surfside Condominium collapse which occurred in Florida last year, several states have introduced legislation to address perceived deficiencies in the law regarding the obligations of a condominium association to conduct reserve studies and to set aside adequate reserve funds for major building and repairs.  Legislation has also been introduced at the federal level to try to help ensure that condominium associations are adequately funded and have access to the funds needed to maintain and repair their buildings.  The LAC and its Reserve Study subcommittee are reviewing the legislation that has been adopted in other jurisdictions as part of an effort to update the Michigan Condominium Act on this issue.  The LAC expects to complete its review and seek legislators to help sponsor potential legislation in early 2023.  The LAC’s goal on this issue is to make sure that condominium associations have the tools necessary to properly assess the condition of their infrastructure and to fund all requisite repairs.


  • H.B. 7532, the Securing Access to Financing for External Repairs in Condominium Act of 2022 (‘SAFER”), and H.B. 8304, the Rapid Financing for Condominium Building Repairs Act of 2022 (“RAPID”):  On October 20, LAC Co-Chairperson Greg Fioritto and several other members of the LAC had the opportunity to meet via Zoom with the legislative staff of U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow during CAI’s Virtual Advocacy Summit.  During this meeting, the LAC discussed two bills, currently pending with the House Committee on Financial Services, that could significantly help both condominium associations and individual co-owners to finance much-needed, large scale infrastructure repairs.  The SAFER bill would allow condominium co-owners to finance a building repair special assessment (what we usually call an “Additional Assessment” here in Michigan) over 20 years through a second mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration ("FHA"), or through a new FHA-insured 30-year mortgage.  This would allow co-owners to finance additional assessments over a longer period of time and reduce the financial strain such assessments often create for Co-owners. The RAPID bill would authorize FHA insurance for loans made by private lenders to condominium associations.  Lenders will be able to offer condominium associations 30-year, fixed interest rate loans without balloon notes or prepayment penalties.  This would lower association borrowing costs and reduce the need for additional assessments by spreading the expense of common element repairs over 30 years. The LAC will continue its efforts to support these two important pieces of federal legislation and will work to keep the lines of communication open with our representatives in Congress.

Community associations represent the interests of an ever-increasing membership in the State of Michigan and throughout the U.S.  The CAI LAC is continually looking for ways to make our voices heard in the legislature and is committed to educating legislators about the needs of our communities. 

But we can’t do it without your help. 

The CAI LAC greatly needs your support to make our state’s laws better for all of our Michigan community associations, their members and families.  Contributing to the CAI LAC with a monetary donation is one way that you can directly support these efforts to help make our laws better. 

If you are interested in supporting legislative change for community associations, please consider making a financial contribution to the LAC at  Contributions from both individuals and community associations are welcome.

Gregory J. Fioritto and Matthew Heron

Co-Chairs of the Michigan CAI LAC



Community Association Market & Facts

Community Associations

Community Associations Institute (CAI) estimates that in 1970 there were 10,000 community associations nationwide. Today, there are 260,000 community associations housing 50 million Americans. A community association functions as a business, a governance structure, and a community. Traditionally, these functions were applied as follows: business meant austerity; governance meant compliance; and community meant conformity. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Housing Survey, and IRS Statistics of Income Reports, associations today are seeking prudence in business, justice in governance, and harmony in community to provide an enjoyable, vibrant lifestyle for homeowners and residents.

  • Nearly one out of every six Americans (50 million) lives in a community association.
  • There are an estimated 260,000 community associations in the United States providing 19.9 million housing units.
  • Between 9,000 and 11,000 new community associations are formed every year.
  • In the largest metropolitan areas, more than 50 percent of new home sales are in community associations.
  • Community associations can range in size from as small as a two-unit associations to large-scale, master planned communities with more than 30,000 units.
  • 1.25 million Americans serve on a community association Board.

Community associations have become increasingly popular because they help protect home values, provide affordable ownership opportunities, help meet the increased privatization of services as local governments cut back, and are efficient land planning, land use, and land conservation techniques.

Economic Impact

The real estate value of all community associations and their units exceeds $2.25 trillion, approximately 17-19% of the value of all U.S. residential real estate. The estimated annual operating revenues for all community associations in the U.S. is more than $35 billion. Most of this is spent in the associations’ local economies.

Add the Michigan CAI LAC to your Community Association’s Budget

CAI’s Michigan Legislative Action Committee (MI LAC) has been very active in Lansing by fighting legislation that would harm community associations and going head-to-head with powerful and well-funded special interest groups.  With your help, the MI LAC can continue to advance issues in the legislature that are important to community associations. As community associations begin working on budgets for the coming year, we hope you can include the MI LAC in your planning and designate an annual investment in support of our legislative advocacy efforts.  For as little as $1 a door in your community, your association can make a big difference.  The MI LAC has been working on the following issues this year:

The MI-LAC needs money to battle other well-funded interest groups to ensure that community association interests are adequately represented.  The MI-LAC uses the funds raised from community association to pay for its lobbyist, legislative receptions, “Meet your Legislator” Day and to prepare educational materials for community associations and legislators.  Please consider an investment from your community association as you plan your next budget. We have strength in numbers and a small investment from each community goes a long way.   Please support this worthy and necessary advocacy effort. Donations can be made at The suggested donation is $1 or $2 per door in your community, but the MI LAC would greatly accept donations of any amount.  For continuing updates on legislative issues impacting Michigan’s community associations, please visit  

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Current Legislation

CAI Michigan Legislative Update

September 23, 2020
Michigan - In Session 2019-2020 3 Bills
Number:  MI [R] SB 1128 - Updated (New 09/23/2020)
Sponsor:  Sen. Marshall Bullock (D-MI)
Title:  Housing: other; best practice guidelines on needs assessment for older adults displaced by residential revitalization projects; require housing development authority to create and distribute. Amends secs. 11 & 17 of 1966 PA 346 (MCL 125.1411 & 125.1417).
Abstract:  ...State housing development authority act of 1966,"" by amending sections 11 and 17 (MCL 125.1411 and 125.1417), section 11 as amended by 2004 PA 549 and section 17 as amended by 1993 PA 221.
Status:  Referred to committee on local government - 09/22/2020
Profiles:   View highlighted keywords
• Master Profile
• Safety Profile
Number:  MI [R] SB 1137 - Updated (New 09/23/2020)
Sponsor:  Sen. Jim Runestad (R-MI)
Title:  Property tax: delinquent taxes; procedure for claiming an interest in remaining proceeds of a foreclosed property; provide for. Amends secs. 78g, 78i, 78l & 78m of 1893 PA 206 (MCL 211.78g) & adds sec. 78t.
Abstract:  ...The general property tax act,"" by amending sections 78g, 78i, 78l, and 78m (MCL 211.78g, 211.78i, 211.78l, and 211.78m), section 78g as amended by 2020 PA 33, section 78i as amended by 2015 PA 190, section 78l as amended by 2003 PA 263, and section 78m as amended by 2014 PA 501, and by adding section 78t.
Status:  Referred to committee on finance - 09/22/2020
Profiles:   View highlighted keywords
• Master Profile
• Master Profile|Foreclosure
• Master Profile|Tax