Is a Condo Tag Sale a Good Idea?

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E.G. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I am a Board of Director member of a condo and want to propose amending our rules and regulations to allow one yard sale a year for our residents. Currently it is not prohibited in any of our documents. I am looking for sample wording. Can you provide?

Mister Condo replies:

E.G., yard sales are actually prohibited at many associations for the simple reason that the common grounds seldom offer proper parking for tag sale customers who are likely to not be familiar with the association’s rules on proper parking. When tag sale visitors start parking in spaces that aren’t theirs to use, chaos and anger from unit owners can ensue. One of the best “Pros and Cons” discussions I have ever read about it can be found here: http://www.hoaleader.com/public/Pros-and-Cons-Banning-Yard-Sales-Homeowners-Association.cfm

Provided you think the association can withstand the stress of holding a tag sale, you can introduce a resolution that looks something like this:

WHEREAS, the Board wishes to encourage XYZ Association residents an opportunity to participate in an Annual Tag Sale on association grounds; and

WHEREAS, the Board also wishes to have visitors from outside of the community visit the association grounds for purposes of this Tag Sale; and

WHEREAS, the Board will promote the Tag sale in local newspapers to promote the event;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the XYZ Association will conduct its first annual Tag Sale on   <date>  and that Tag Sales will be limited to this annual event in subsequent years.

Or words to that effect. That should get you started, E.G.. Good luck!

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