D.Y. from Fairfield County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Can a board fine us for my husband’s work car after 13 years of parking it in our spot? The vehicle is a 2013 Cadillac Sedan with CT license plates that have an “L” in the beginning & end of plate number.
Mister Condo replies:
D.Y., sounds like your husband’s work car is a registered livery vehicle which is how it gets the clearly identifiable “L” designation in our state. Depending on the rules for parking in your condo, the Board may be well within their right to fine and even tow your husband’s work vehicle. You could argue that they never did before but I doubt that fact would carry much water. Most condo by laws state that just because a rule is not currently enforced it does not prohibit the association from enforcing a rule in the future. In fact, some could argue it was an oversight on the part of the Board not to have banned the commercial vehicle from association property sooner. There are many reasons condos don’t allow anything other than passenger vehicles on their common grounds. The most important, in my opinion is liability. Insurance companies do not want the added liability of commercial vehicles parked on association property that they insure. The Board is charged with enforcing the rules and keeping the insurance liability to a minimum. There is a potential added risk with having a commercial vehicle parked on the common grounds. If you have a garage and can garage the car at your condo; that might be one way around the challenge. Otherwise, I would advise your husband to keep his livery vehicle parked off property to avoid further fines and to minimize the association’s insurance risk.