D.L. from New Haven County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Can my condo board create a car wash bay next to my designated parking spot?
Mister Condo replies:
D.L., by “car wash bay” I assume you mean a designated area for unit owners to wash their cars. You’re not talking about a commercial car wash bay with power washers, vacuum cleaners, car matt washers, etc. are you? Community associations often respond to the needs and requests of unit owners for a wide variety of matters. If your community is one that allows car washing on the grounds (many do not), then they may just decide to have that car washing done at a spot near where you park. If you are not happy about this, I would suggest you review your by-laws to determine if, in fact, car washing is an allowed activity. I imagine the biggest inconvenience for you will be splash back from the dirty cars getting all over your car. Perhaps you can ask for a different parking space? If not, you may just have to join them and wash your car in the space as well. Of course, if your vehicle is damaged in any way (scratched by a hose that was carelessly dragged, for instance) you would be well within your rights to complain and even bring action against the association in small claims court. Lawsuits usually get the attention of Boards and they may just decide to ban car washing on the grounds altogether if you prevail. Good luck!
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