Out of nowhere, someone is regularly using the parking space you have had for years. And strangers are appearing regularly in your building’s hallways, though you’re not sure where they belong or if they should even be there. Strangely, you hear children crying at all hours, though your community doesn’t allow kids under 16 to live there.
But who’s the culprit? It’s hard to tell, because unbeknownst to you, one of your neighbors recently moved several members of his extended family into his condo unit. Now, your quality of life is rapidly eroding, but it needn’t be so.
Packing Them In
There are many reasons why a condo owner could have multiple people living in his or her unit; perhaps a child (or adult children with kids) has moved back home because of unemployment or divorce. Maybe other extended family members need a place to stay for a while because of illness or other unforeseen circumstances. These could range from extended family members moving in due to age or infirmity, an owner renting out individual rooms in the community association unit, or an owner having several regular overnight guests.
If an adult child moves home and stays in a spare room, it’s often not really anybody's business outside of that household. But if a condo association unit is hosting more people than were intended to live there, it can become a concern for neighbors and for community association or HOA administrators.
Overcrowding can be hazardous and unhealthy if it gets out of hand or goes on too long. These crowding scenarios also can lead to security issues that aren’t necessarily easy to untangle. Ideally, all residents know the rules of their community and understand the limits on numbers of residents per apartment. Of course, people don’t always obey the community’s rules, which is why it’s up to boards and association managers to prevent and address this issue in their communities.