Parking on Grass (by Mike [MA]) Nov 30, 2014 9:12 AM|
Parking on Grass (by Paulette [WY]) Nov 30, 2014 10:03 AM
Parking on Grass (by Mike [MA]) Nov 30, 2014 10:12 AM
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Parking on Grass (by cjo'h [CT]) Nov 30, 2014 11:08 AM
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Parking on Grass (by Vee [OH]) Nov 30, 2014 12:25 PM
Parking on Grass (by RentsDue [MA]) Nov 30, 2014 3:57 PM
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Parking on Grass (by Xine [FL]) Dec 1, 2014 6:56 AM
Parking on Grass (by Dan [MA]) Dec 1, 2014 7:05 AM
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Parking on Grass (by Andrew,Canada [ON]) Dec 1, 2014 9:50 AM
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Parking on Grass (by ltd [AZ]) Dec 1, 2014 11:29 AM
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Parking on Grass (by Mike [MA]) Dec 2, 2014 6:12 AM
Parking on Grass (by cgardner [SC]) Dec 3, 2014 6:02 AM
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Parking on Grass (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 4, 2014 1:02 AM
Parking on Grass (by Jimmy [SC]) Dec 7, 2018 10:23 AM
Parking on Grass (by CX [WA]) Dec 7, 2018 1:56 PM
Parking on Grass (by Matt [ON]) Apr 7, 2021 3:45 PM
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Parking on Grass (by Mike [MA]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 9:12 AM
I have a tenant that parks on the grass almost everyday. They have two dedicated parking spots and enough room but when other people come over they park half or all on the grass. Its a small yard but I don't want it ruined. I have the other tenant helping me out and sending me pictures whenever they do it. It's becoming way to frequent. I've spoke with them multiple times and they just completely disregard. My lease says they have two driveway spots. Is there anything I can do here. Is it legal to set up some sort of fine system? Up until now they pay their rent on time but they are becoming PITA tenants. One other thing is that I'm selling this property at the end of winter so I don't want to cause a huge problem but at the same time need to enforce the rules. --24.62.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Paulette [WY]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 10:03 AM
Have you given them a written notice regarding this issue? Does it specify in the lease regarding parking on the lawn? Does your lease specify fines can be charged for lease violations?
We had a tenant who would let their dog poop on the lawn at an apartment when it specifies in their lease they must take their dog off the property. I talked to them once about it, but when it happened again, I sent them a written violation notice with a $25 fine payable immediately. They called & objected, saying the poop did not belong to their dog (it actually did). When it happened again, I sent them another letter with a $25 violation. After 3 violation letters, it finally stopped. They moved not long after that, so I took the $75 violation fees out of their deposit.
If they know you will be selling the place in the spring & they will probably have to leave, they think they can do what they want because they are leaving anyway. If your lawn looks bad when you try to sell it, you may get less. It also looks trashy to have cars parked on the lawn when potential buyers come to look at the property. --174.45.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Mike [MA]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 10:12 AM
I've sent them a written notice and talked to them in person. They do not know I will be selling the place and will not have to move if I do sell. I've tried to be nice about it but that's not working so it's time to try something else. There is no mention of fines in my lease except for a late payment fine. If it's not in my lease can I legally start to charge them fines? --24.62.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by frank [FL]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 10:24 AM
fines/penalties are not enforceable under contract law/residential lease provision so the above poster clause is not valid in a court of law, your option is to evict for lease violation and deduct actual damages from the SD --216.239.xxx.xx
Parking on Grass (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 11:08 AM
Mike,Have a sign" No parking on grass, Cars will be towed at owners expense" Then talk to your local towing Company,and explain your situation. Keep their phone # handy and follow through.Towed once, They'll get the message or move. Charlie............. --70.215.x.xx
Parking on Grass (by Gary [OK]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 11:50 AM
Check your city regulations. A lot of cities have rules about parking on the lawn. Code violation department might need to get an anonymous complaint. I once got a notice about a broken down car of tenant that was parked in the driveway. She had been in the duplex for 20 yrs so it didn't bother me too much until I got the notice. She had it moved before the city did a follow up. --98.184.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 12:25 PM
Many cities have regulations about parking on hardtop surfaces, I have patio stones where my boat trailers are parked in the wintertime or get a 200bux penalty from the city - you need to drive in several fenceposts with a smaller spacing that the car can fit, I have had to do this where the next door people drive over the lawn. --75.94.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 3:57 PM
MA will never let you charge a tenant fine for parking on grass. However, you can put a sign up stating it will be towed and then call tow company. --107.77.xx.xx
Parking on Grass (by LiveTheDream [AZ]) Posted on: Nov 30, 2014 6:20 PM
Can you just put in a low block wall? Since talking isn't working. Or give them a cure or quit.
My parking lot is numbered, but my lease does not include dedicated parking. Make me mad and their parking space could disappear and they can park on the street.
Also, how about sending a $500 re-sodding bill for damages?
Problem is, if you tow, they will retaliate. I'm mean, so when I do something that will really tic a tenant off I first explain that I have a shovel and a desert, and if the problems persist...
We usually reach an accord. --24.156.xx.xx
Parking on Grass (by Xine [FL]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 6:56 AM
I put railroad ties across the front of the property (at the right of way), and some low bushes in front of them to make it more decorative. The septic tank drain field is in the front yard and I really didn't want them driving on it.
It's also in the lease that there's no parking on the lawn due to the septic tank. --98.25.xx.xx
Parking on Grass (by Dan [MA]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 7:05 AM
I have a building where I get the same problem over and over. If your tenants are month to month, you can certainly end their tenancy if they disobey your rules.
In my case, it has repeated with numerous tenants (mainly because the parking is removed and it is closer to park on the lawn). Come spring, I am putting some large rocks in strategic places so that they'll have no choice but to keep off the lawn. You could perhaps do the same with a short pointy fence that dissuades them from driving on it for fear of tire damage. --64.197.xx.xx
Parking on Grass (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 8:59 AM
No pointy things! Some kid will fall, get speared, and YOU will be liable. The rock idea isn't too bad, or a post-and-rail fence might look nice AND prevent lawn parking. --71.185.xxx.xx
Parking on Grass (by Patti [OK]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 9:33 AM
It is in our lease there is no parking on the grass at anytime even when they are moving in or out. Besides it against municipal codes in our city. --72.198.xx.xx
Parking on Grass (by Andrew,Canada [ON]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 9:50 AM
I used to have the same problem at a SFH..............finally I installed a row of railway ties (stacked two high) along the driveway. I painted it with black creosote..it looked good next to the interlock drive. Over the years I had many more tenants at the property and never had that problem again. --70.31.xx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Patti [OK]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 9:57 AM
We cannot to that here we would have to make a double wide driveway with a curb and will require plans submitted to the city and permits and we are not going to that much trouble and if the tenants do park on the grass we can send them notice to cure or quit and eventually evict them and charge them for damages. --166.137.xxx.xx
Parking on Grass (by ltd [AZ]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 11:29 AM
^^ Good grief, and I thought living in Ca was repressive.
What about putting in a hedge? No permit? Or just stringing some chain through pipes like at a parking lot?
Maybe a row of "no parking on grass" signs along the driveway? They probably still won't "get it."
Good luck. --24.156.xx.xx
Parking on Grass (by Dan [MA]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 12:15 PM
Good point Wilma - no pointy things. --64.197.xx.xx
Parking on Grass (by Balt LL [MD]) Posted on: Dec 1, 2014 7:48 PM
This is against housing department regulations in most urban areas. Probably many suburban ones as well. It'd just give the tenant a heads up.
Even if it's not against regs I'd still politely request they park on a surface. If they won't... I just wouldn't renew the lease as soon as it is up. --73.191.xx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Mike [MA]) Posted on: Dec 2, 2014 6:12 AM
Great info from everyone. Went over yesterday and put stakes with the orange top in along the driveway. They will help me know where the edge of the grass is when I snowblow the driveway but in the meantime will act as a fence so they can't park there. In the spring I think I'll get some big rocks like Dan said and edge the driveway with them. I'll work them in with the landscaping so won't look too bad. Really just trying to preserve everything until the spring and I unload this property. Thanks again! --208.71.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by cgardner [SC]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2014 6:02 AM
just spoke with my wife yesterday about the same problem going to put shrubs up to block access to the lawn guess that will add to their yard maint. --149.101.xx.x
Parking on Grass (by Q [NE]) Posted on: Dec 3, 2014 8:08 AM
Some people are just idiots for some reason. I had a tenant who for some reason must have thought it was "cool" to park up on the yard right next to the front door. He would also pull his car around the back of the house sometimes and grill out. I asked him kindly the first time to keep his vehicle off the grass. He said he would. The second time I let him know that he NEEDS TO KEEP HIS CAR OFF THE GRASS! A long story short... this along with other violations, he is no longer a tenant of mine...
Parking on Grass (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 4, 2014 1:02 AM
Mike,Maybe you should take some of your red tipped stakes out again,and if they park on the grass again and it snows,you just blow the snow over on the grass area.Well I told you not to park there, what do you want from me!!!!! Charlie........... --70.215.xx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Jimmy [SC]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 10:23 AM
Im having that same issue. My wife and I are first time Landlords and we have a tenant that parks all on the grass and parks his car on the back paedo. Our old neighbors be sending us pics because they know how hard I worked to get that lawn the way it is. I wasnt going to say anything because he was just moving in but its been 2 months of the same thing and my wife and I are fed up. --174.194.xx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by CX [WA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2018 1:56 PM
Lots of varied ideas here so far. You need to have serious discussion w/ tenant, making it clear to them that the lawn condition (and the landscaping in general) is VERY important to you, and parking on the lawn is NOT tolerated. Need to do this ASAP. They need to know you are pissed.
Parking/driving on the lawn WILL destroy it, with the added benefit of reducing the sale price of your near future sale, likely by thousands of dollars.
You provided two appropriate parking spaces. Their guests can park on the street, no? --174.21.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Matt [ON]) Posted on: Apr 7, 2021 3:45 PM
My driveway has enough room for 3 cars one is under the car port and the other 2 in front of it side by side. Now my landlord is saying no one is allowed to park under the car port for some odd reason so I was forced to park on the street witch gave me tickets so I parked on lawn.. Now my landlord is saying I have 2 months to move or sell my or my gf car. Says no where in lease I cannot park on the grass.. what do I do --24.50.xxx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Apr 7, 2021 7:10 PM
How about some reflectors on plastic sticks and some rocks and a sign, even if you make the sign.? --172.56.xx.xxx
Parking on Grass (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Apr 7, 2021 9:16 PM
Your lease might not specifically say no parking on the lawn but it probably says you need to abide by all laws and most municipalities have laws on the books prohibiting parking on the lawn.
Your lease probably has a clause about not allowing destruction or disrepair to the property and parking on the lawn more than a quick in and out to drop something off or unload definitely is going to cause destruction.
If you got tickets, who do you think is responsible for parking in the wrong spot, the wrong time, etc? --72.70.xxx.xx
Parking on Grass (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Apr 13, 2021 10:55 AM
i really like the large rocks idea. simply wait until they are home and place them while they watch. tell 'em straight to their face "this is so you don't park on my grass anymore". get enough so they cannot simple move one.
let them know that they cannot move them and also that this is to save them from having a landscaping charge on their deposit accounting when they leave.
one more great reason to have all tenancies month to month --75.80.xx.xx
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