M.F. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
We are looking to buy a condo. It comes with two deeded spaces. However, one of the spaces has a handicapped designation. Will we be free to use the spaces (as we would be the owners) despite the designation?
Mister Condo replies:
M.F., congratulations on the new condo! You should check with either the management company or the Board of the condo before you purchase just to make sure that the two deeded spaces are yours and not owned by the association. It is unusual for a unit owner to get a private space designated as handicapped. What would be the reason? The unit owner already has exclusive use of the space, handicapped or not. It is possible that this unit owner decided to designate one of his deeded spaces as handicapped for a personal reason or that the Board actually designated the space as handicapped at his request. You do need an actual answer before you simply assume that this is one of your deeded spaces. As long as you actually own the space, there should be no issue with you removing the handicapped designation or using it as you see fit. Good luck!