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Home Builders Association of Michigan

Legal Action


While a large part of the advocacy work the HBA of Michigan does is at the Capitol in Lansing, the fight for attainable housing doesn't stop there. Your state association is engaged in legal battles across Michigan in an effort to fight against unlawful government action and overreach.

$75 to Thrive 

Created to advocate for the Michigan residential building industry, HBAM has helped protect property rights and has engaged in numerous legal battles over the years. It has fought to stop costly code changes and excessive permit fees. It also regularly pushes back against local government ordinances and regulations that violate state law.

This year, your state association is poised for a legal battle with the State of Michigan over sprinklers and other code changes that would increase the cost of a typical home by some $30,000 or more. HBAM has also interceded in a Michigan Supreme Court case that could remove the current exemption licensed builders and contractors have in our state from the Consumer Protection Act. These battles and others have depleted our legal action reserve funds.

To celebrate our 75-year history, your state association leaders are asking members to step-up and participate in a $75 to Thrive Drive. They are asking each and every member to donate at least $75 to help ensure HBAM continues to have the resources it needs to succeed in its legal advocacy efforts. Click below to participate and make your donation. In doing so, you will help us honor the past and build our future.

They can only do it if we let them

Dear Valued HBA Member,

Our HBA membership helps us learn, network and be better businesspeople. It also gives us a platform to collectively join together and fight unjust treatment—whether it be regulatory overreach or other types of issues that tax our industry and ultimately our customers. Your membership dues, alone, are not sufficient to provide the resources necessary to fight all these battles.  We initiate and sustain dozens of legal fights each year across our state. This year we have more than our normal share. As such, I hope you will join me and hundreds of your fellow HBA members by making a contribution to our HBAM Legal Action Fund.  Click here to contribute today.

Why is your contribution needed?  Just in the past three months alone we have incurred legal expenses related to the following cases:                               

In addition to the above, our legal team has helped a couple of members recently fight local government attempts to require sprinklers in structures where state law/codes didn’t require them. We’ve also supported a member’s fight in a township that wanted to extract an easement before approving a building permit.  Bottom line: your state association is here to advocate not just for the industry but for each and every one of us when we need assistance. 

Thank you for considering a donation and don’t ever hesitate to contact either one of us should you have a question or need assistance yourself. 



Rich Kligman                

2023 HBAM President