Battle of the Big Vehicles at This Condo

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B.D. from New Haven County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

My neighbor and I have a shared driveway to our two parking spaces in front of our garages. We both drive larger vehicles (mine is an SUV, his is a pickup truck) and there is barely enough room for us to fit in the spaces because the area where we turn in is very narrow. Whichever of us gets to their parking space first has little difficulty in getting in. The second person in (usually him) has to maneuver back and forth to park. From time to time he has accused me of parking at a slight angle making it very difficult for him to get into the parking space. Is there any way we can get the association to widen our parking spaces? It is only a matter of time before one of his hits the other’s vehicle.

Mister Condo replies:

B.D., big cars and small condo parking spaces are never a good combination. The situation you are describing is all too common. You can certainly petition your Board to widen the parking space but they are under no obligation to do so and, in my experience, they probably won’t. The reality is that the parking spaces were created when the property was first built. You were both aware of the parking spaces when you purchased your units. I assume you both realized that the parking would be tight. In my opinion, the problem lies in the size of your vehicles more than it does in the size of the parking space allotted. Are there other places either of you would consider parking? Is there a nearby lot where you can park? Does your association allow you to park in a nearby visitor space? If my car were in daily danger of being struck by another vehicle I would be sure to keep it out of harm’s way. You mention parking “in front” of your garage. Is there a reason you can’t park “in” your garage? That would sure get rid of the problem of the vehicle being struck. All the best!

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