City of Iowa City v. Iowa City Bd. of Review, 863 N.W.2d 663 (Iowa 2015)   Petitioner City of Iowa City’s board of review reclassified 18 properties held by eleven multiple housing cooperatives from commercial to residential for property tax purposes. The Iowa Code permits the classification of residential property to include all land and […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk Has your co-op ever received a charge of employment discrimination? Such charges are often filed by co-op employees after termination. The terminated employee contacts the equal employment opportunity commission EEOC or a state civil rights commission and files a charge. Charges often allege the employer discriminated against employee because of race, […]

  By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. and Kerry L. Morgan, Esq.   On April 4, 2016, the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a Guidance on the application of the Fair Housing Act to Cooperatives and other housing providers.  The Guidance notes that a greater percentage […]

Wyandotte Attorney April E. Knoch selected as a Super Lawyer 2012 Michigan Rising Star Wyandotte, Michigan, September 13 – April Knoch, an Associate Attorney with the Wyandotte firm of Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, has been named to the Michigan Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Michigan for 2012.  Each year, […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk & Joseph G. Couvreur, Esq. The refinancing of a cooperative is a expensive and time consuming process. One of the cost associated with refinancing involves the purchase of land survey which is known as an ALTA survey.  Lenders commonly require such a survey. ALTA stands for American Land Title Association and […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk & Brittny Harris, Esq. It was a quiet, peaceful community, until residents of a housing cooperative insisted on keeping a pet.  Many housing coops do not allow pets in their units, and advised the members that they could not keep their dog, even though the member had a note from their […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. Most housing cooperatives have a tenant selection policy, which helps ensure that tenants are selected for occupancy in accordance with either HUD requirements or state, federal and local laws.  If your housing cooperative is regulated by HUD, then there are specific guidelines you must follow in order to continue to […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. The federal government recently amplified its pledge to reduce discriminatory practices that limit opportunities for minority groups. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a new rule on March 5, 2012 that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in HUD assisted programs. In addition, the Consumer Financial Protection […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. Unless Congress miraculously acts in a bi-partisan manner, the federal government will be forced to have automatic 8.4% across the board spending cuts beginning January 1, 2013. All government assisted cooperatives should start to plan for the likely event that these cuts become a reality. What HUD will do and […]

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. To supplement the excellent article by Randall Pentiuk in the April 2011 MAHC Messenger on the above subject, it should also be borne in mind that the backup protection, in the event that the advice provided by Attorney Pentiuk does not work, bearing in mind, no systems are full proof, […]