Resolve Common HOA Issues with These Parking Rules

Are you having issues with parking in your homeowners or condo owners’ association? Perhaps people are leaving their boats parked in front of their house, or there’s been a recent increase in residents or guests parking their vehicles in someone else’s assigned spot.

If you’re having parking problems, it may be helpful to rethink how you are creating and enforcing your association parking rules. Here are some tips for creating and enforcing rules that will help keep homeowners happy while maintaining the beauty of the community.



What to Keep in Mind


It’s essential to keep your overall goals in mind whenever you’re creating or revamping your association’s bylaws. When it comes to parking rules, there are a few considerations. You want to protect the aesthetic beauty of the community and maintain property values. But at the same time, you need to ensure that homeowners have reasonable use of their property and don’t feel overly restricted. It’s an important balance to strike.


Types of Parking Rules to Consider:


1. Parking Locations


It should be clear to all residents and guests where parking is allowed and where it is prohibited. Signage is key! The rules for each location will vary from one association to the next. Some associations allow parking in driveways and on the street, while others ask that homeowners keep their vehicles in their garage. You may have different rules for owners and visitors as well.


2. Prohibited Vehicles


Most associations have rules about what types of vehicles can and cannot be parked in plain view. This could include junk vehicles, campers, RVs, boats, trailers, commercial vehicles with signage, etc.


3. Abandoned Vehicles


Your HOA may choose to limit how long cars can be parked in a particular location. 24-hour or 48-hour rules are commonly made to ensure that no one is abandoning vehicles or storing their boats, campers, or trailers for an extended period of time.


4. Guest Parking


Depending on how much room there is for parking, you may choose to limit where guests can park or issue HOA parking permits for visitors. If guest parking is limited, you may choose to prohibit homeowners from parking in guest spots or allow owners to pay a fee to park there.



Enforcing HOA Parking Restrictions:


1. CC&Rs


In order to enforce certain parking violations, you must have the rules listed in your association’s CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) and filed officially with the state.


2. Public vs. Private Areas


Associations don’t have the authority to enforce parking restrictions on public streets, unless specifically authorized by law. However, on private property owned by the association, you have the ability to issue violations or tow a vehicle.


3. Fining, Suspending, Revoking, and Towing


If you’ve found a homeowner in violation of parking rules, you need to politely inform them of their violation. If they don’t comply, you have a few choices of what to do. You could let it go to avoid a dispute, especially if it has only happened once. But if violations are habitual, it will be necessary to issue a fine, suspend certain parking privileges or revoke someone’s rights to park.


Towing is usually a last resort as it might lead to difficult disputes among homeowners. Before towing a vehicle, you must provide prior written notice to the HOA member in violation and you must report the tow to local traffic law enforcement.



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