November 2015

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

New Residential Mortgage Disclosures

By Howard A. Lax, Bodman PLC

The Dodd-Frank Act mandated that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) combine disclosures for residential mortgage loans required by the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Consumers who submit applications on or after October 3, 2015, will receive new and improved loan term and closing cost disclosure forms promulgated by the CFPB. Read More or Comment

Condominium Anti-Lawsuit Provisions

By Kevin Hirzel, Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, PLC

Condominium documents often contain provisions requiring two-thirds co-owner approval or other preconditions before a condominium association can sue or spend legal fees. Prior to June 2014, at least four circuit courts held such anti-lawsuit provisions were unenforceable, arguing that other provisions in the Nonprofit Corporation Act and the Condominium Act gave boards of directors discretion to file or defend lawsuits. Additionally, it was held that anti-lawsuit provisions were "unreasonable" and corporate bylaws must be reasonable. Read More or Comment

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