D.C. from Ohio writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
We have a stored vehicles clause in our condo docs which a car that has not been driven for 14 consecutive days. I know a couple cars that have not moved in months. How to go about enforcing this rule? Can we mark tires with chalk to prove to owner car has not moved?
Mister Condo replies:
D.C., it can be very frustrating for condo and HOA Boards to enforce their parking rules, especially when the vast majority of residents obey the rules. However, it is not impossible. You certainly could use a marking system, like chalk on the tires, but who is going to actually patrol the lots and mark tires and keep notes, etc.. You would have to administer a program like that uniformly or risk being cited for discrimination. You could look to an outside third-party parking lot monitoring solution or you could simply cite the cars that are strongly abusing the rules, which is what I would suggest. Any cars that have been unmoved for months are the real problem here so cite those owners, ask them to appear before the Board and then levy whatever punitive actions your governing documents allow. My guess is that a few letters and/or fines can fix your problem. All the best!