PARKING Ė OFTEN A TOTAL CHAOS

By Jan Bergemann

Published March 1, 2024

 

Parking has gotten chaotic Ė not only in community associations. A solution: There is none in my opinion. While families had one car in the past, nowadays they may have three or even four cars, with the adult children still living at home.

 

Condominium units had designated parking spots, often already designated in the deed. But there was normally only one parking spot designated for each unit. Now, what happens with the other cars the family may own?

 

And thatís the big question nobody seems to be able to answer. Each condo normally has a few extra spaces Ė and, as required by law, a few spaces for handicapped parking. And thatís where the chaos starts.

 

In the big urban areas there is no street parking in front of the condo hi-rises and the parking lots nearby have parking meters, and that can get really expensive.

 

The parking fights in HOAs are playing out on a different level. Most developers offer 2-car garages in their brochures, but it often turns out that only one car really fits into the garage. And if the owner has a big pick-up (like an F-350) the car doesnít even fit in many of the garages in these communities.

 

Now it gets really interesting: Many deed-restrictions of HOAs donít allow parking in driveways or even the road. What now? The media permanently reports about these battles, often ending in vehicles being towed. On the other hand, a homeowner, who doesnít even own a car, got more than 10 parking tickets from his HOA. So much for enforcing deed-restrictions! And if these parking battles go to court it can get really expensive. In one case it cost an association more than $500,000 after losing the parking battle in appeals court.

 

Letís just face it: Most community association are not made for families owning multiple cars. Now what?


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Jan Bergemann

Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!

 

CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.

 

The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !


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