Handicapped Parking Space Reclassification Questioned at Condo

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D.L. from Florida writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Hi, one of the two visitor parking spaces in front of my building was recently changed to a handicapped parking space. This decision was made by one person who is part of the board committee because it is convenient for him. There is already a large handicapped parking space at the beginning of the row. The visitor parking space that they changed to a handicapped space is a normal parking space and does not even have a separated aisle to offload a wheelchair. My question is: does the “management” have the right to change a regular parking space to a handicapped parking space? I thought all spaces in a complex were registered with the city.

Mister Condo replies:

D.L., I am sorry you lost your visitor space. I am sure that is quite inconvenient. However, in my opinion, it would be very difficult for you to prove your assertion that one person made the decision strictly for their own convenience. An action like that should require a vote of the Board or conveyance of power from the Board to the Committee that made the decision. As far as registering handicapped spaces with the city, most condos are built on private roads that are not required to register their spaces with the city. If your town has specific rules that require condos to register their handicapped parking spaces with the city, you may have a case there but I don’t honestly think such a rule exists. Also, do you really want to be the guy who goes up against a handicapped person to make them relinquish their space? I am guessing you already know how that would turn out. My advice is to grin and bear it, my friend. Best wishes!

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