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How do we build a bicycle storage area?

Posted on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 @ 07:18 AM
I would appreciate hearing from anyone with experience "building" a bike storage area. We have a 9' x 9' area currently enclosed by concrete walls on three sides and we plan some kind of concealment/security wall with door/gate access across the front (am interested in thought on materials, vinyl vs wood? Our design can hold 29 to 33 bikes (we’ll have space to one to hang on the back wall). We're looking at buying 2 wave racks off the shelf and arrange on opposite side walls. I'm interested in an inexpensive floor, will start with a dirt surface when current vegetation is pulled out. We're thinking of a hard-surface (concrete?) center walkway with a gravel bike pads on either side. In addition to bikes on the floor, we have an 11-foot ceiling and plan hanging storage. Configuration / materials ideas welcome. We don't have a budget number to meet. Thanks!!

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Association rents common area parking garage to condo owners

Posted on Mon, Jan 02, 2012 @ 08:05 AM
I own two units in a large high-rise downtown Chicago condo building and pay $180/month to rent one space in the garage. The garage is a huge profit center for the condo association. $180/month seems to me like "double taxation" since theoretically I own some small percentage of the garage, which is classified as common element. (There is no deeded parking here, but that may be a direction the board should consider.) My question is this: since the garage is common element, can the condo association legally charge more than their prorated per-space costs to owners needing parking spaces?

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Can condo board charge extra for having more than two cars?

Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 @ 07:34 AM
For over 25+ years every unit had one assigned parking spot and the remaining "guest" spots were used on a first come basis. Suddenly the Board is suggesting that any unit with more than two cars be charged a monthly fee of $35 per additional car and that some of the "guest" spots could be sold to homeowner's that wanted more than one assigned "numbered" spot. Several months ago it came to our attention that a resolution was done in 2002 that said owners with 3 or more vehicles, registered to an address at the condo be charged $25 per month for each vehicle and parking privilege would be revoked if delinquent; however it was never implemented. What are your thoughts? I believe since it is a common element that everyone has enjoyed for many years this isn't something the Board can just implement without some legal ramifications. I would be interested in your thoughts and get ideas how your condos handle assigned and guest parking.

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Kids playing in condo association parking lots creates problems

Posted on Sat, Aug 13, 2011 @ 08:47 AM
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In our condo community we have a rule that pertains to our parking lots. Please keep in mind that we are not talking about a driveway belonging to a single/duplex, etc. with an individual driveway that leads to the "house" or a garage. We are speaking about a parking lot with stripes, numbers, etc. that is between a city street and the condo property sidewalks. The lots are owned and maintained by the condos and the Board has jurisdiction over them. We have a rule that children do not play at all in the parking lots. No bikes, skateboards, ball, bats, skates, etc. After problems years ago we checked with our insurance company and it was their suggestion that we vote on this and inform the community for the following reasons: (1) safety of children as people ride through the parking lots, children dart between cars, etc. (2) damage they cause to vehicles with balls, riding into them with the bikes, etc. (3) they are parking lots not driveways that are for the use of an individual/family. There are delivery trucks, cars riding using the lot for a turn around, service trucks, parked cars and people backing out of spaces. (4) The liability for these lots go with the condo association. The rule for bikes is that they are not to be ridden on the sidewalks, in the lots or on the grass. Children can ride in the city street that goes around the perimeter of the complex. If the children are small, parents can certainly and should be with them. There are many neighborhood in the city where children only have the streets to ride in and they all seem to make it work. Why can't these people who refuse to follow rules? They have also caused distress to long time residents of the complex with all the noise they are creating in the parking lot in front of the units. Can you please share what you do about this "stuff that aggravation is made of" in your community. I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

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Condo board restricts delinquent owners from deeded parking spaces

Posted on Fri, May 13, 2011 @ 07:09 AM
The Board of Managers in Richmond County, NY proposed to restrict unit owners of their parking spaces for being in arrears in their common charges and to tow the vehicle.  My question, is this proposal within the Board's Authority. I've look at my deed of my unit and in Schedule A it states, known and designated as Unit 146, parking space #105, together with my percentage of undivided interest in the common elements of the "Condominium, as described, as the same defined in the Declaration of Condominium hereafter referred to. In looking at my Certificate of Occupancy, Department of Building in the city New York. It states, Permissible Use and Occupancy, Residence with Off-Street Parking for One Car, One Dwelling Unit, Open Space 150 Sq. Ft.for one car. Once again, can the Board be allowed to institute a rule restricting parking and tow their car, if an Owner is in arrears of their common charges..

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Can we tow condo owners for using handicap parking spaces?

Posted on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 @ 09:21 AM
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We are a condo association with three high-rises, 210 units. We have limited, posted guest parking only including two handicapped spaces per building. We have two owners that have taken over the guest handicapped spots for their personal use. They both have garages closer than these spaces to their units. They have threatened to sue if we tow. They have also agreed to use their garages when they purchased and our bylaws reflect the same. Can we tow?

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Owner's parking spot gets taken away by condo association president

Posted on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 @ 12:20 PM
I purchased a license to park in a space exclusively for $5,000  from the developer of a condo for as long as I own the condo. This space happens to be part of "common element". The condo docs state that this can be done. However, the new condo president has taken possession of this spot and has locked me out of this space, stating it should have never been allowed to be sold. That the developer did not have the right to sell it. What is my recourse???

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Is there a better policy to towing HOA member vehicles?

Posted on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 @ 07:51 AM
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I own four condo's in a gated community with a HOA. Every owner has a garage or carport and a parking pass is not required to park there. Each homeowner receives one parking pass that can be used for an additional car parked in non assigned open spaces. If a due paying homeowner slips and forgets to put the pass in the car it is towed without any courtesy notice or warning. I am fairly sure they are allowed to do this since it is a common area but is there not a more friendlier way to handle this situation? The tow company seems to have free reign and tows anything and everything.

I know of two cars they have damaged in the last two months. Can somebody please tell me of a friendlier policy that I may present to the board?

Maybe a courtesy notice or a phone call and towing to repeat offenders???

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Can our condo association assess parking space owners separately?

Posted on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 @ 07:55 AM
I am president of our HOA and we have 65 home owners. The parking spots are deeded property and they receive tax bills and pay monthly fees. The garage roof needs repairing and there are 103 parking spots and it is my intention to assess the garage parking spot owners to raise the money to repair the garage. There are home owners with one spot or more and some with none. Is there any reason I cannot do this. Please advise and thanks

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Can condo association board assess parking spaces separately?

Posted on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 @ 10:12 AM
I own a condo in a large building with the parking underground next to the building. The garage has a separate ownership and each parking spot gets its own tax bill and you can buy and sell them like property. The garage owners spots pay a monthly cost. Can the condo association board of directors place an assessment on the garage owners for work that is necessary and what needs to be done gene

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