Can the Board Temporarily Restrict Use of Parking Spaces?

S.L. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

We have 8 parking spots on the side of our units. We need them to be vacated for snow removal and sometimes for landscaping. We give them notice about having the work done or that the snow removal is coming to move snow. Those units are getting upset that they are the only spots that are always affected. One of the units stated they are going to sue the board. Can they?

Mister Condo replies:

S.L, in the litigious society in which we live, just about anyone can sue the Board. Whether they will prevail or not is the question. My guess is that they would lose if it came to that unless they actually own the parking spaces, which is highly unusual in most condos. Assuming the parking spaces are commonly owned by the association and under the direct control of the Board, they can be used or taken out of service as the Board sees fit. Check your governing documents to be sure but my guess is that the Board is correct to use the parking spaces as they see fit. All the best!

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