January 2014

January 2014

Sewage contamination of Michigan waters may spur litigation

Failing septic tanks may be partially to blame for an increase in contamination of Michigan rivers and lakes. According to the 2014 version of the impaired waters report put out by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 7,232 miles of rivers were contaminated with potentially harm-causing pathogens in 2012. This

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Michigan man seeks help with danger in rental home

In most cases, responsibility for the safe upkeep of a rental property resides with the landlord unless other provisions are made in a lease. Tenants who notify property owners of issues may have a case for a claim if personal injury occurs because the owner neglected to take action. For

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Future of Detriot inn uncertain

Title disputes or zoning violations can make real estate transactions more complicated than they need to be, as shown in one such case in Michigan. The St. Clair Inn opened in 1926 as the first hotel in the country to have central air conditioning, but almost a century later, the

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Local coffeehouse closes after dispute with landlord

A popular coffeehouse located just a short drive from Detroit closed up shop this month after 20 years. The closing is largely being attributed to a landlord-tenant disagreement over the amount of rent due. The owner of The Grind said that she had to close when a new landlord informed

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Delay in Michigan lakefront property developement

On Jan. 14, the owners of property on Muskegon Lake sought and received additional time to work on developing the property. However, that goal doesn’t seem any more attainable than it did more than 10 years ago when it was first suggested. The current owner of 34 acres of lakeside

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Michigan furniture stores to close

A furniture company that has operated four retail stores in Flint Township for more than 17 years will close those locations permanently after the President’s Day holiday weekend. The commercial property closures were based on a number of factors, but the chief marketing officer of the company did not clarify

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Developer explains reasons behind area’s commercial growth

Michigan residents may be interested in the reasons behind renewed commercial growth along a busy route in one of the state’s cities. Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo has seen increased commercial growth for several years. According to the chief operating officer for Hinman, a commercial property development company, there are numerous

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Company buys Michigan school to open women’s shelter

The Muskegon Board of Education has entered into an agreement to sell its long-closed Froebel School for $1,000 to Blue Lake Holdings. The company intends to establish a women’s shelter on the property. The holding company consists of six investors — one that has worked in banking and another that

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Experts predict changes in real estate market for 2014

Residents of Michigan who may be interested in buying or selling a home in 2014 are paying attention to the changes in the real estate market that many experts are predicting for the year. Although it is expected that real estate purchases and sales in 2014 will continue to improve

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Steps to take during estate planning

Estate planning is a very important step to take to make sure your wishes are known and followed through after you have passed away. Creating an estate plan has many benefits, but many people fail to create an estate plan before it’s too late.  Having an estate plan can make

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Federal telecommunications law vs. local zoning

A township in Michigan may have to contend with AT&T in federal court over placement of a cell phone tower. AT&T has filed suit in U.S. District court against Ada Township after eight years of negotiations that failed to produce an agreement over where a tower could be placed within

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