March 2023

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

SOL Won’t Save Illegal Property Use

By Michael Vogt, Clark Hill

In Twp. of Fraser v. Haney, 509 Mich. No. 160991 (2022), the Michigan Supreme Court overturned a recent court of appeals decision which, left standing, would have allowed illegal property uses to continue indefinitely whenever municipalities failed to abate such a use within six years of the commencement of use. The court held that actions to enforce a zoning ordinance are not time-barred under the general six-year statute of limitations (MCL 600.5813) so long as the municipality commences the action while the alleged illegal use of property is ongoing. 

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Real Property Law Academy II is coming to Troy!

Real Property Law Academy is a continuing legal education program offered by the Real Property Law Section with the goal of providing a basic understanding of the most fundamental aspects of a real estate practice. Each subject will be taught by some of the most respected, expert, and experienced Michigan real estate attorneys. The Academy targets both real estate attorneys and other attorneys who will periodically encounter real estate issues.

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