Converting Condo Parking from Handicapped to Visitor

B.S. from Florida writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I am a board member of a small Florida condo. There is currently no visitor parking available except for 2 handicap spaces (that were converted from originally planned 4 visitor spaces). The condo does not have any public facilities. Can the association decide to use handicap spaces for visitors if there are no residents with disabilities requiring accommodations?

Mister Condo replies:

B.S., as long as there are no public facilities on the property and the association owns all of the land, the parking area is under the control of the Board to do with as they see fit. Apparently, at one time, there was a request for handicapped parking and the Board agreed to convert the four existing spaces into two handicapped spaces. If there is no current need for handicapped spaces, I see no reason the Board could not convert the parking spaces back to how they were originally intended. If you have an association attorney, I would make a quick call to discuss the plan before you implement it. I am not an attorney nor am I an expert is Florida State law governing community associations or federal law on handicapped parking so please consider my advice as friendly and not legal. From my experience, I can tell you I don’t see a problem with what you are proposing although I would certainly have the parking spaces repainted and new signs indicating “Visitor Parking” installed just to avoid any confusion for future visitors who might be seeking handicapped parking. All the best!

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