How to Reduce Concerns Pertaining to HOA Parking

For HOAs, few things create a stronger sense of community and protect property values better than having a strong parking policy.

Reviewing, drafting, or revamping your community’s parking regulations is an important task for your board to take on because proactive action and communication in this area will help reduce your need to act on:

  • Chronic illegal handicap parking.
  • Reduced parking options for guests.
  • Unauthorized parking.
  • Member frustration related to parking scarcity.

To help you keep your property values high and increase your homeowners’ satisfaction, we recommend taking a pro-active approach to managing your association’s parking policies, and we believe your time would be best spent focusing on these specific areas:

Car Parking

While all homeowners value personal freedom regarding their home, most people respond favorably when asked for reasonable accommodations, especially if the accommodation is something that will help their home and community in the long run.

Since car parking is an issue that is highly visible and affects most homeowners, you’re more likely to get buy-in from the community than with less hot-topic issues. We recommend implementing the following rules:

  • Mandate that driveways are the designated parking spots for all vehicles.
  • If you live in a condo, make sure that all designated parking spots are highly visible.
  • Restrict inoperable cars from being stored visibly.
  • In most states, if you live in a gated community, you can restrict road parking. If you’re in an ungated community, you’ll need to rely on local statues and authorities.

Following the above suggestions can go a long way to ensuring that the right balance between personal freedoms and community satisfaction and unity is struck. Another way to tackle concerns regarding parking is to limit the length of time cars can park in any given location.

Parking Duration

People are generally understanding of temporary parking situations, it’s when undesirable parking becomes chronic and that many begin to raise objections and community satisfaction suffers. Limiting parking duration is a great way to allow people flexibility while ensuring that other members’ and residents’ community experience is respected.

See below for our top recommendations on how to set limits on parking duration:

  • Allow indefinite parking times for driveways.
  • Set 24-hour limits on parking in areas off their property.
  • Post designated parking hours (e.g., from 6 to 8 p.m.) in certain areas.

The above suggestions are designed to prevent long-term car storage and abandoned vehicles from proliferating the community. Allowing some flexibility in when members can park is a great way to keep streets and common areas clean while also acknowledging member needs. If you’re not sure limiting members’ parking time makes sense for your association, consider limiting different vehicle types.

Prohibiting Atypical Vehicles

Some toys are bigger than other toys. Determining which vehicles homeowners are permitted to visibly store is a careful balancing act between exacerbating a potential community parking challenge and making the community a fun, easy place to live.

Many of the most commonly prohibited vehicles include:

  • Boats and related equipment (e.g., jet skis)
  • RVs
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Trailers

Restricting these vehicles will help create space on everyone’s driveways for motor vehicles that may otherwise be stored on the street.

The above are the top areas we invite you to consider when drafting your new parking policy. Here at Boardline, we want to provide our board members with helpful, bite-sized knowledge that helps them get the answers they need quickly. Check out our blog for more helpful ideas and tricks!
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