T.M. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My condo complex recently changed the visitor parking rules. We are each now given two permit parking passes, which we can give to our guests, but they must be used in specifically designated parking areas at the front of the complex. (Of course my condo is in the back.) Also they can only be used for 24 hours, after which the vehicle is subject to towing. So my problem is… I’m going out of town for about 10 days in 2 months, and I’ve asked my father to house/dog sit for me. He’s handicapped and cannot walk long distances, and I’ve asked them to make an exception and they impolitely declined, saying there are no exceptions to the new rules. I’m inclined to just have him added to my lease! Can they really do this to my handicapped father? Why would they not want to allow for specific exceptions?
Mister Condo replies:
T.M., unfortunately, the association-owned visitor parking spaces are under the complete control of the association, which is under control of the Board. Unless they are breaking any of the association’s rules (which they make), they are well within their rights to enforce the new parking rules. I am not sure what benefit it would be to you to have him added to the lease but I would think the simple solution is to park your car offsite while you are away so your father can park in your space. That may not be terribly convenient but it should solve your problem and keep the peace with the Board. Enjoy your trip.