H.F. from Fairfield County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I live in a high rise condominium where parking is a nightmare. Each unit has an assigned parking space and there are maybe 50 parking spaces reserved for Visitors. The problem is that there are more than 100 condos here and many folks have two, even three vehicles. Visitor parking is always full but not with visitors. It is usually the second or third car owned by folks who already live here. Our bylaws state that Visitor Parking is expressly for use by visitors. I’ve given up on having anyone come visit as I know they won’t be able to find a parking space if they come here. What can I do?
Mister Condo replies:
H.F., overcrowded parking lots are one of the top complaints that condo residents cite when asked about their satisfaction of living in a common interest community. At least you have an assigned parking space that you can use for yourself. I actually have a similar problem at the condo where I live. While there isn’t a tremendous amount you can do about overcrowded parking, I have a few ideas on how you can help yourself.
First, if you are expecting a visitor, move your own car into a visitor space and tell your visitor to park in your space. That seems like a simple solution but many people overlook it. As long as your space is open, you’ll always have one space for a visitor.
Second, send a letter of complaint to the Property Manager or the Board of Directors. It is very likely that they are aware of the problem but your letter may move them to action. Hopefully, they will step up their vigilance about enforcing the Visitor parking rule. At the very least, they should mention it in an upcoming newsletter. I find that, over the years, there are enough new residents entering a community that a fresh announcement about parking rules goes a long way in helping to spread the word on how to park correctly. Best wishes!