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CurtF1
(Arizona)

Posts:4


11/28/2018 5:05 PM  
I have a question. We own a townhouse. In our community we had 14 common area parking spaces and 5 visitor parking spaces. Many of the homeowners have multiple vehicles and use some of the common area parking spaces. There are usually 4 or five spaces still open at all times and there are not too many visitors that fill up the visitor parking spaces. The board decided to covert all common area parking spaces to visitor spaces only. This puts a burden on many of the homeowners in our community. We know that the president and vice president of the HOA were the ones behind this because of personal reasons. My question is: Is this an example of abuse of powers and what can we do to get our parking spaces back? I went to the HOA meeting and was quickly shut down. The Vice President said that there were too many people not "following the rules." I thought that the HOA was there for the homeowners, not the visitors.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:5950


11/28/2018 5:25 PM  
Start by reading your CC&Rs about who may do what with your HOA's common areas. In ours, for instance, Owners would have to vote to take away common areas to use for a different purpose.
LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:550


11/29/2018 12:10 AM  
No, it is not an abuse of power. What was an abuse of power were the owners that monopolized the visitor parking with their overflow of vehicles.

If each unit is given 2 parking spaces per unit and they have 3 cars, sounds like someone needs to consolidate or put 1 vehicle in storage.
LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:550


11/29/2018 12:14 AM  
Posted By CurtF1 on 11/28/2018 5:05 PM
I have a question. We own a townhouse. In our community we had 14 common area parking spaces and 5 visitor parking spaces. Many of the homeowners have multiple vehicles and use some of the common area parking spaces. There are usually 4 or five spaces still open at all times and there are not too many visitors that fill up the visitor parking spaces. The board decided to covert all common area parking spaces to visitor spaces only. This puts a burden on many of the homeowners in our community. We know that the president and vice president of the HOA were the ones behind this because of personal reasons. My question is: Is this an example of abuse of powers and what can we do to get our parking spaces back? I went to the HOA meeting and was quickly shut down. The Vice President said that there were too many people not "following the rules." I thought that the HOA was there for the homeowners, not the visitors.





how many units are in your townhouse assn and how many parking spaces are each unit granted?? It seems confusing that you have 14 common spaces and 5 visitor spaces.
CathyA3
(Ohio)

Posts:76


11/30/2018 6:43 AM  
Posted By KerryL1 on 11/28/2018 5:25 PM
Start by reading your CC&Rs about who may do what with your HOA's common areas. In ours, for instance, Owners would have to vote to take away common areas to use for a different purpose.




I agree with Kerry re: reading your CC&Rs, paying special attention to any parking restriction and any restriction that deals with the use of common elements. In my community, the parking restriction says no parking of inoperable vehicles and no parking on the streets, among other things. Elsewhere there is language prohibiting storage of personal belongings on the common elements, so no one may permanently park an extra vehicle on the parking pads.

Also look for language in the CC&Rs giving the Board the right to create rules and regulations governing use of the common elements. Parking is often in short supply in condo or townhome communities, so it's the Board's job to make rules to avoid such things as visitors parking on lawns or otherwise blocking others' access to their homes. In addition, you'll see people using their garages for storage and parking outside. This is, of course, their choice - but it doesn't necessarily entitle them to use the common elements because they now have no room for all of their vehicles.
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:16045


11/30/2018 9:41 AM  
Posted By LetA on 11/29/2018 12:10 AM

If each unit is given 2 parking spaces per unit and they have 3 cars, sounds like someone needs to consolidate or put 1 vehicle in storage.




Easier said then done.

I have three adults with three different schedules living in my town home. We have 2 assigned spaces and utilize one of the extra spaces in the community.

There is some open parking during the week. Weekends, Holidays and when children come home from college typically have the parking very full.

That is simply the way it is within town home communities. I suspect it's this way with condos as well.

Even with single family homes, the developer are making the streets smaller so parking is reduced to one side or not at all on the streets while making the garages or driveways smaller (mainly due to the smaller lots).

As I said, it's easier said then done.
LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:550


11/30/2018 12:17 PM  
Tim, you need to watch Parking Wars on A&E.
KerryL1
(California)

Posts:5950


11/30/2018 1:36 PM  
Sorry, Cathy, my remarks were unclear. I agree with you, and ALSO, the documents will say who has the authority to change how specific common areas are used. Can the board alone do it? Or must the membership (owners) vote on it?
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:16045


11/30/2018 5:46 PM  
Posted By LetA on 11/30/2018 12:17 PM
Tim, you need to watch Parking Wars on A&E.




I have.
Nice show.
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