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CONDOS PARKING: IT CAN BE INFURIATING!

 

Two entities establish condos parking rules. The developer originates the initial rules in the condo’s Declaration.  The Board of Directors may create house rules that are in addition to those the Developer created.  Creation and enforcement of the parking rules for condos are especially important where the spaces are either outside or in detached garages/carports.  The rules should be periodically reviewed by the condo’s board, given to prospective buyers, posted throughout the property, and distributed to owners each year at the annual meeting.  Locations and types of vehicles permitted for parking are sometimes overlooked by buyers of condos.

 

Reasons for parking rules in condos are because of the following problems:

  • Residents have more cars than their assigned spaces.
  • Resident cars park in guest spots.
  • Types of vehicles that are prohibited by the Declaration are parking at the condos anyway.
  • Cars are parked in loading zones and fire lanes.
  • Vehicles block driveways, ramps, elevators, or fire exits.
  • Non-permitted vehicles park in designated handicap spaces.
  • Parking cars on streets of the condos may be prohibited by the Declaration or the local government.
  • Vehicles are left running while unattended.
  • The exhaust systems on cars and motorcycles are noisy and music can be very loud.
  • Inoperative cars are stored on the condo property.
  • Spaces are used for storage of personal property.
  • Spaces are used to wash or repair vehicles.
  • Vehicles leak oil onto the parking areas in the condos.
  • Vehicles exceed the posted speed limit.
  • Vehicles park on lawn areas.
  • Stop signs within the condo property are not observed.
  • The municipality’s snow parking rules for the condos are not observed.
  • Garage doors are not closed (except when the resident is working in the immediate area). 

Examples of the typical parking rules for condos:

  • Residents may only use their assigned spaces.
  • Residents are allowed a maximum of two guest spaces at one time (this number varies among associations).
  • Residents must inform their guests of the parking rules of the condo.
  • Only vehicles displaying handicap permits may use the designated handicap spaces.
  • Owners in violation of the rules may be subject to violation fines.
  • Vehicles in violation of the condo rules are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the owner’s expense.
  • Spaces in condos are for vehicle parking only; storage of personal items, including bicycles, is prohibited.
  • Vehicles must not exceed 10 miles per hour on the condo property.
  • All vehicles on the property must be operable.
  • Vehicles may not be washed or repaired on the condo complex.
  • Campers and other oversize vehicles may not be permitted in any of the parking spaces at condos.
  • Commercial vehicles are prohibited from parking in the condo complex, except for pickups and deliveries.
  • The condo's Board of Directors reserves the right to deny parking privileges for violation of the rules.
  • All of the residents’ vehicles in condos must have an association decal, sticker, or permit.

 

The biggest challenge to using decals is what information will be on the decal. The condo's Board of Directors can protect the identity of the residents by using a symbol (star, flower, tree, etc.) and a number or letter to identify the association and the parking space rather than a specific address.  The color of the decal can be changed every year.  The shape may be changed from year to year. 

The Board can create more rules than those listed above. However, these are standard parking rules in most condos. 

 

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