E.C. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My condo building has deeded parking spaces, which cannot be sold apart for the units, (i.e., exclusive use spaces). People are parking more than one motorized vehicle in a space. Our condo rules and regulations do not have a rule specifically to address this, however, it appears to be common sense that only one motorized vehicle is allowed per space even if they both fit in the entire space. Other owners are arguing that to put a rule in place barring such practice would go against their property rights. What is the right answer?
Mister Condo replies:
E.C., what a simple world this would be if common sense were the measure by which such decisions were made. I am in full agreement with you that one parking space is for one vehicle but I can also see where a unit owner who had two motorcycles that fit perfectly well inside that space would feel justified in doing so. This is a matter for your community association attorney who will need to advise the association if they can modify or add rules regarding the definition of a vehicle as it pertains to parking spaces. Certainly, they can do this for association-owned parking spaces, such as a parking lot. However, deeded parking spaces may be a different story. Get legal advice before pursuing rule changes and get ready for some pushback. Good luck!