I was recently interviewed by HOAleader.com regarding the proper use of common parking spaces at a condominium. In the resulting article, I discuss how board members who vote to reserve common parking spaces for their own use could be found to be engaging in self-dealing and abuse of authority. Board members are entrusted with a great deal of power, and they are obligated to exercise that power for the good of the community. Using that power to benefit themselves is almost always a bad idea.
If a board wants common parking spaces to be reserved for its members, then the safest course of action is to submit that matter to the owners for a vote. An attorney can help the board identify the correct voting procedure and approval standard.