J.D. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I have a water main in my garage that is 32 inches off my back and side wall. I am not allowed to park a pickup truck in my lot or driveway and it won’t fit in my garage because of the water main. I am being fined $25 a day for violating the association’s parking rule. What can I do?
Mister Condo replies:
J.D., there is no easy solution for your parking conundrum. Unless you can get the association to agree to let you park your truck in the parking lot (most would not), I would advise you to park your truck off site. As long as the rules were in place before you began parking your truck in the parking lot, I don’t see where you would have a case to contend the rule. As long as the water main was in place when you purchased your unit, your inability to park your truck in your garage really isn’t the association’s concern either. I knew of a similar situation in a condo where a limo driver rented a neighbor’s unused garage to house his limo when he was off duty as the association did not allow livery vehicles parked on the common grounds. That solution might work for you if you know someone in the complex who isn’t using their garage and might rent theirs to you. Other than that you would have to either sell your truck, park offsite, or keep paying the fines for parking in the common area. Good luck!