Q. My association management office is located off site. Once in a while they come over and inspect the property. Our condo rules forbid unit owners from storing items on the balcony. To me storing is overnight.

I have placed some items on my balcony either when my family visits or I clean my inside storage. But never overnight. Unfortunately, they tend to come and see it on these days and fine me. I have always told them the case but it is like talking to a 2x4. I have asked the board to review the case but it was determined in favor of the association. Is there anything I can do?

A. One of the most challenging aspects of condominium living is the absence of sufficient storage.  Unlike a house, there is no basement or attic available to hold your excess belongings.  Most governing documents also forbid owners to store their personal belongings in common areas.  Some associations adopt Rules & Regulations that allow the board to fine owners who store their personal belongings in forbidden areas.  

The association is required to

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