Consequences for Parking in Someone Else’s Condo Parking Space

T.H. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

What consequences can an HOA do to people who park in spot that is assigned to someone else?

Mister Condo replies:

T.H., the consequences to a unit owner or guest for parking in an assigned parking spot that isn’t their own can be as severe as the governing documents and local and state law permit. For most associations, the first offense is a warning, followed by a fine, followed by towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense. Some associations waive the first two procedures and proceed directly to towing. Seeing as most condominiums and HOAs are private property, vehicles are only allowed to be parked where the association says so with the exception of deeded parking spaces which are owned by the individual unit owners. Either way, it is commonly known that parking in HOAs is tightly controlled. Unit owners and residents have the responsibility of informing their guests of where to park when visiting. If they don’t, a warning letter, fine, or vehicle towing usually gets their attention and help them avoid future offenses. Good luck!

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