C.T. from New Haven County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My condo parking lot is overcrowded and there is no place for visitors to park. What can be done to fix this?
Mister Condo replies:
C.T., welcome to the reality of condo parking at far too many condos. The billboard shows the golf course, swimming pool and rolling meadows of verdant landscape. The harsh reality is often that there are just too many cars per unit and the parking wasn’t taken into consideration back when the community was planned. Add to that our love for oversized SUVs and the need to squeeze as many parking spaces into the little parking lots we have and you have the frustration of parking that many condo residents feel.
There really isn’t too much that can be done. If the Board is willing to play hardball they can go after residents who violate any of the parking rules and regulations. That varies by association but usually restricts the number of vehicles any one unit can have on the common grounds and designates who may or may not use the visitor parking spaces. Some associations use parking stickers or tags that allow visitor parking. The reality is that communities rely on volunteer compliance with their parking regulations to keep the parking areas in good order. However, once two or three cars (or more) are being used by one unit, parking shortages ensue. I know of several communities that have a tow service on speed dial and do not hesitate to remove vehicles from their property if they are in violation. That will certainly curtail the folks that use the fire lanes as private parking spaces or someone who leaves a car in a visitor space for days on end.
If you have a garage, my advice is to use it. That way you always have a space inside and usually just outside your garage. When I have visitors to my condo, I usually move my car off property and let them use my parking space. It’s not an ideal solution but at least my visitors always have a place to park. Good luck!