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Condo Board Dictates Which Vehicle Can Be Parked in Owner’s Space!

J.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Can my condo association stop me from rotating which car I park in my space? Can they stop my wife and me from rotating our cars in our space? They want to assign only one car to my space. We can’t swap when it is not being used. Is that right?

Mister Condo replies:

J.Z., that sounds like micromanagement at its finest to me but regardless of why they want to do it, you should look at your condo’s governance documents about parking to get your answer. My guess is that there is nothing in the documents that gives the Board the power to dictate which car you park in your parking space. That being said, I have to ask why they would care. If one of your cars is an oversized vehicle or a commercial vehicle, there may be some rules about that. Also, if you have some type of a permit/sticker program and they need to assign a marker to the vehicle in the space, I can see where they might want to control which vehicle you park there but the question you have is “can they”? Since I am not an attorney and offer no legal advice here I have to suggest to you that my gut is to tell you they don’t have the power to control which vehicle you park in your space. However, before you go defying your Board and racking up fines and parking violations, why not speak with an attorney from your area who can give you a legal opinion. Once you armed with that, you should feel free to follow the advice of the attorney and enjoy your parking space as you see fit. All the best!

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