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Michigan Cooperative Law Primer for New Cooperative Board Members

Chapter Nine: Resources

        Because Housing Cooperatives are relatively uncommon in Michigan, new Board members need to know where to turn for help. Not every management company or lawyer knows how to properly assist. For that reason, this chapter provides you with resources to use when you encounter a problem that requires expertise of those who understand Cooperatives.

        As noted earlier, there are associations that are dedicated to helping. The National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) is a national organization that has a useful website at NAHC also holds annual conferences for Boards which offer great training opportunities with instructors from across the country. Printed materials may also be purchased, and members receive useful newsletters.

        Like NAHC, the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives (MAHC) offers excellent training and networking opportunities to Boards. It also has a superb website at A newsletter is included in the membership fee, and also offers relevant publications for sale.

        These two organizations that provide education and information. It is important to belong to them, and attend their conferences. One of the benefits of doing so is the opportunity to network with other boards and to be able to call upon those you meet there to give their experience.

        For Cooperatives operating under HUD’s regulatory oversight, this federal agency has a useful website that should be examined.

        Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C. is a law firm in Michigan that has years of experience in helping Cooperatives. Our website is located at We have also established a special website where we make available, at no charge, informative articles that may be useful to you at In addition, the firm publishes the “Michigan Cooperative Law Journal” on a quarterly basis and is mailed to any Board Member who wants it, free of charge. We also have an electronic Co-op law letter which is sent monthly to those who sign up for it through    e-mail to us at firm@pck-law.comcreate new email. Always seek advice for your specific problem, though. Each Cooperative has its own set of governing documents and they may differ materially in respect to the matter that is affecting your Cooperative.


This primer is intended to provide the reader with a starting point to understand the law of housing cooperatives in Michigan. It should not be used as a substitute for qualified legal advice from a competent, experienced attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan.


The contents of this booklet is copyrighted by Randall A. Pentiuk. Any reproduction of it or any part of it is prohibited without the prior express written permission of the author. Requests for permission to reproduce it or any portion thereof should be addressed to Randall A. Pentiuk at 2915 Biddle Avenue, Suite 200, Wyandotte Michigan 48192, or by calling him at 734- 281-7100, faxing him at 734-281-7102 or emailing him at Rpentiuk@pck-


For more details please feel free to contact an attorney familiar with cooperative housing law.

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