Co-op housing in Michigan needs to follow fair housing laws. The Fair Housing Act protects several classes of people from being discriminated against in their housing. Co-op housing managers need to understand how this law affects their housing and ensure that they are following the law.
The Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act is part of the Civil Rights Act that was signed into law in 1968. The Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, seeking a mortgage, housing assistance or engaging in other housing-related activities. There are seven protected classes in the Act. Housing discrimination is prohibited based on: race; national origin; sex; religion; color; disability; and familial status.
For cooperative housing developments it is important that they understand and follow the Fair Housing Act laws. An attorney who specializes in cooperative housing recognizes the unique needs of this community. They understand that each cooperative is unique and can represent them in any legal issue their board may encounter. An attorney can ensure their client is following all fair housing laws when it comes to reviewing applications, in the interview for protective home-owners, and all other ways in which the board interacts with its members.
The need for legal assistance
The co-op board may also need attorney help in regards to drafting rules and policies, medical and recreational marijuana policies, general cooperative litigation, board member disputes, annual and special meetings, board member training, mortgage refinancing, open meeting requirements, etc. An attorney has the experience necessary to make sure the co-op remains successful for many years to come.