Unit Owner Unable to Move Car for Condo Parking Lot Plowing

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J.B. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

This may be a stupid question, but I exceed at asking stupid questions :-). I am currently considering moving to a condo because I’m 66 and have epilepsy. My question is, since most condos don’t have garages, does the owner have to move his or her car in the winter for plowing? Or is there some other arrangement in which the condo association gets a duplicate car key? As I have epilepsy, I can’t be moving my car in the early morning.

Mister Condo replies:

J.B., the only stupid question is one that isn’t asked! Thank you for posing yours. The answer depends on the condominium where you will live. While it is true that many condos don’t have garages, there are many that do. I also know of a great many with carport style parking. Either would be a suitable choice for someone who can’t move their vehicle so plowing can occur following a snowstorm. Additionally, I know of many condo residents who rely on friends and neighbors to help them out in a storm – not just moving cars, but fetching mail and even groceries. Those are volunteer efforts that rely on the kindness of neighbors. You won’t find that in the condo’s governance documents and there is no way to assure yourself that you will have such neighbors in your condominium but I think, given your jovial attitude and likeable personality, you would very likely find one or more neighbors willing to help out. Of course, the ultimate responsibility is yours, but I am guessing it will all work out for you in the end. Good luck!

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