How do I fight a condo association ruling against scooters in garages?

by Anonymous

I live in a condo association and have a 150 cc motor scooter. It is licensed and insured and is parked in my garage not outside.

Recently I was advised that this was not something that I could use or store in my garage according to the condo rules.

What are my rights? I only ride this scooter, I have a license, on city streets and drive it home and park it.

ANSWER: Others may chime in too, but I really think this is an issue you'll need to resolve with your condo association. I lived in a condo with an association and they do love their rules! I'll never live in such a place again, but that's another story...

Anyway, I think you need to find out what their issue with the scooter is... noise? fear of fire? Neither are particularly valid, in my opinion in regards to a 150cc scooter, but if you signed off on the rules and they specifically say no scooters in garages, you may have to comply.

Do you know what your rules say? If they don't say "no scooters" or "no motorcycles", then I think I'd consult with a lawyer about your rights and how to proceed.

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Jun 04, 2010
by: Kathi

That's a big WIN for you! Congrats!

May 27, 2010
Condo Bylaws
by: Anonymous

Thanks for all the comments. Unfortunately for the condo association, there were no bylaws regarding motorcycles. They can't worry about a fire from gas because we park two cars in our garage, they contain gas, etc.

I think their concerns were fruitless and at their recent condo meeting the discussion was passed up. They probably checked and found out there are no specific rules for motorcycles/scooters.

May 14, 2010
where is that?
by: Anonymous

That must be the east coast!

I am sure you signed the by laws and regulations without reading - the 500 pages book- so you are stuck.Nevertheless, I would hire a lawyer.

May 14, 2010
Prejudice, Pure and Simple
by: Jim Zeiser

If you signed an agreement, then you're stuck. If not this is a case of transportation racism. What they're trying to pull is the old "we don't want any bikers here with their fat bellies and beer bottles and noisy Harleys" game and letting your scooter in is the first brick on the highway to hell.
Otherwise your scooter is no more dangerous, noisy or unsightly than a pickup truck or Mustang GT.

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