K.D. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Hello Mister Condo. We have a complex of 5 buildings. Association give right to have no more that 3 vehicles. By rules, one car we should to parking at our garage, one of the front of garage (driveway) but about third car no rules where we should to parking. Building number 1 have parking for residents, and visitor parking. The rest on building they have long driveway, that they can park more than 3 cars on the same time. In our building we have space, and that is “visitor parking”. It is directly up the front of the building. So, I am ask where is our parking, their unswerving on the road, but there no sign, and why others building have their association owners parking, but we not. Is it honest? What I can do in this situation? Also, we receive notice that we can’t parking on visitor parking, but on rules and declaration nothing says, that we can’t parking on visitor parking. Thanks.
Mister Condo replies:
K.D., if you read my column regularly, you will know that parking is a huge problem for most condominium associations. Limiting each unit to three vehicles is actually quite generous. Many associations limit residents to just two. The association is not under any obligation to provide additional parking just because they limit the number of vehicles you may own. If there is deeded parking with your unit (the parking spaces appear on the deed of the unit), that is all you are guaranteed for parking space allotment. It isn’t a question of fairness or honesty, it is simply a function of available parking for the number of residents. The Board controls how the available parking is used and can dictate the use or prohibition of use of Visitor Parking. I doubt this is the answer you were looking for but I hope it explains what you are dealing with. All the best!