How do Philadelphia HOAs handle rickety vehicles parked in front of owners’ properties? While it’s true that not every resident will own a new car, especially in Philadelphia, unsightly vehicles create unnecessary nuisance in the condominium development. Safeguarding residents' interests and property values are the responsibility of the board. The question is; how do you resolve this issue without creating bad blood?
Update Your HOA's CC&Rs
Be sure to have a written, board-approved vehicle policy. This will provide a legal backing in the event where a resident thinks towing their vehicle is unlawful.
Make Parking Stickers Compulsory
All residents must be mandated to register their cars with you, making it easy to track vehicle owners and identify unauthorized vehicles.
Require Vehicle Registration
This allows you to determine vehicles with expired tags so that HOA owners can be given a notice that informs them to renew to avoid towing.
Distribute CC&Rs to Tenants
Mandate all property owners to have their renters also to follow the community's vehicle policies
Have an Official Tow Policy
Make sure your CC&Rs clearly state the process of towing to avoid surprising an owner. Ensure that every towed vehicle is photographed and properly documented. It's more lenient to tow a vehicle than fining a resident and forcing them to pay by placing a lien on their property.
Double-check before Towing
A Philadelphia HOA association manager once towed a flat-tired vehicle which had not been moved for a long time, and the owner failed to respond to several notices. It turned out the owner was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Army Reserves.
Finally, you might want to hire a Philadelphia property manager. They will help you handle several administrative functions that will unburden your slate.