K.G. from Broward County, Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Recently the board of my 65-unit condo made a request to verify all vehicles in our parking Garage, however many of our residents feel they are demanding more documentation then they really need to verify a vehicle is allowed in our garage. They are requesting copies of all vehicle registrations, copies of the vehicle owner’s driver’s license and also Proof of Insurance. I would appreciate your opinion on if this considered over the line, and if we have to comply with it! Thank You!
Mister Condo replies:
K.G., while it may seem that the Board is asking a lot of the owners by requesting this information, they are really just practicing due diligence in making sure all vehicles are properly accounted for. They may have an insurance underwriter guiding their request or they may just be doing a thorough job in monitoring and protecting the association’s garage. If an unregistered or unknown car was found in the garage, the association could quickly act to have it towed or removed. On the other hand, if damage or theft occurred in the garage, they would have all of the information needed to assist with an insurance claim or a police report. None of what they are asking for is over the top in my opinion. In fact, all of it is freely available except for the proof of insurance, which is definitely within their right to request. The owner’s Driver’s license request is not that common but also not unheard of. Unless you are looking for a fight with your HOA, I would offer them the information they are requesting. Good luck!