Condo Handicapped Parking for Secondary Vehicle?

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M.F. from New Jersey writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I’m a handicapped person who has two cars. Because I’m single and live alone. I mostly park my second car in over flow parking. Family with 3 or 4 drivers can park by their unit. Is there any law to help me change this condo rule?

Mister Condo replies:

M.F., in a word, “no”. I am not sure why or how a family with three or four drivers can park by their unit and you cannot but that seems somewhat irrelevant to your underlying question about changing the general parking rules. The nature of most condominiums is that their parking lots are privately owned and are managed at the discretion of the Board. The litmus test for the Board is “reasonable accommodation”. Due to the high volume of vehicles and the usually small number of parking spaces available, it is simply not possible to provide dedicated handicapped parking as the request doesn’t pass the “reasonable accommodation” test. Also, your particular case is about a secondary car. Clearly you have dedicated parking for your own use for your primary vehicle. If that weren’t the case, you would have a much stronger case for requesting a handicapped space. All that being said, it never hurts to ask. Write to your Board and tell them exactly what you have told me and see if they are amenable to offering you a dedicated handicapped parking for your secondary vehicle. You’ll never know, if you don’t ask. Good luck!

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