Park It, Buddy! How Condos Work with Parking Systems

For those looking to move into a condo, there are myriad factors that come into play while searching for the best—and most efficient—place to live. Of course, location, size, and safety are always a concern. Amenities attract home seekers, as well, with fitness centers, pools, and media rooms having an increasing appeal on prospective residents.

Parking is another such attribute that can prove a highly in-demand commodity. After all, residents who own cars in both cities and suburbs understand the various parking challenges that can come with owning property. In urban areas, the drama involved in simply finding a space is enough (and costs enough) to make one want to send his or her vehicle careening off the Pulaski Skyway.

Condo properties that offer a parking facility alleviate headaches, guaranteeing residents a place to park their vehicles. Regardless of whether the facility is underneath the building or adjacent to it, there’s more to running a parking garage than just painting some stripes on the pavement and watching cash roll in. Management, allocation of spaces, and security are just a few of the considerations.

Parking Prohibition

Unlike in New York City, where the subway system and various other infrastructure concerns require a very specific set of parking-related rules and regulations to remain in place, New Jersey has limited legislation that governs how an association can approach parking issues. Stephen B. Kotzas, a partner with the law firm of Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson in Toms River, explains that, should parking issues prove relevant to a particular association, then they need to be governed by that community's bylaws.

That said, there are specific laws that pertain to towing regulations, and these have an obvious bearing on parking situations. Donna Shahrabani, a partner at the law firm of Buckalew Frizzell & Crevina LLP in Glen Rock, specifically points to The New Jersey Predatory Towing Prevention Act from 2007 as an influential statute.

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