—Not Fair in Fairview
“Your fact pattern is complicated and needs further investigation,” says attorney Sima L. Kirsch of the Chicago-based Law Office of Sima L. Kirsch, P.C. “Ownership of property, who owns what and in what form, is contained in your operating documents (declaration, bylaws, plat), regardless of what you think you purchased. My recommendation would be to start with a review of the association documents and your deed, or have someone review them for you. It may be that your spot is treated as an exclusive limited common element in the documents, in which event it stays with the unit and the association may not take control, or it is referred to as a common element, and then they do have control, or the association does not have the authority to make the suggested change. After determining how the property is categorized in the documents, you may find your issue is one between you and your seller.
“How the documents categorize property trumps what is in your deed and sales contract, unless you purchased from the developer. The contract you signed may or may not have been clear about the type of parking being passed in the sale. If unclear, were questions asked to determine the actual legal nature of the spaces? It could be seller sold you something they don’t have or they may have represented that the unit has two spots but not whether it would remain with the unit. Researching the answer to your question as suggested above is the most time and cost efficient way to proceed if you want the most accurate answer possible. An answer based on your facts alone would be a total guess, and not an answer I would rely on. As always, this information is not provided as legal advice and you should consult an attorney in the field who can help you assess your particular factual situation.”