Condo Owner Request to Store Car on Association Grounds Denied

P.D. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

We have 3 cars, 2 of which are in our garage and the third is properly registered with the association with a sticker and is parked in the assigned common area. Recently, we purchased 2 new vehicles (which are still in the garage) and asked for permission and a sticker to park the extra vehicle (which is working) until it can be transported (3 months) to its new location. The common area is fully capable of sustaining this request, we were refused and told that the Bylaws (which have not been fully utilized or legally refreshed for our entire 23 year residence here are under legal consult). Please advise, thanks in advance.

Mister Condo replies:

P.D., the short answer is the Board is right in its duty to maintain the rules of the association. You can make the argument for common sense to prevail but if the Board grants your request, they then open themselves up to other unit owners making similar requests. Parking is difficult to manage in most associations. Few associations would want to open themselves to future requests by approving your request to bend the rules, even for a short period of time. Sorry, P.D., but I have to side with your Board on this one. Congrats on the new cars.

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