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Designated Parking Work? (by RentsDue [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 8:27 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Steve [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 8:52 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Allym [NJ]) Nov 18, 2020 8:56 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Richard [MI]) Nov 18, 2020 9:03 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by WMH [NC]) Nov 18, 2020 9:08 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 18, 2020 9:23 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 18, 2020 9:24 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by RentsDue [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 9:30 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Smokowna [MD]) Nov 18, 2020 10:06 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by WMH [NC]) Nov 18, 2020 10:20 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by RentsDue [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 10:55 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by WL [CA]) Nov 18, 2020 11:51 AM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Nov 18, 2020 12:05 PM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Jerry [MA]) Nov 18, 2020 12:27 PM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Smokowna [MD]) Nov 18, 2020 8:54 PM
       Designated Parking Work? (by Nicole [PA]) Nov 18, 2020 10:42 PM

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Designated Parking Work? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 8:27 AM

Iím really trying here. I have one building that has extremely limiting parking. Leases clearly state how many parking spots each unit comes with. There is no extra parking at all. One unit has 2 spots . Unfortunately, the tenants that live there have those spots taken up by 2 non working vehicles. They now have a third vehicle ( that does work) and are using another spot. I did not push the issue of the non working vehicles because they are paying there rent and letís not forget the blanket eviction moratorium here. I have to pick my battles carefully. Besides, it wasnít an issue until the third vehicle showed up. There is a vacancy so they are using that spot but it is still a problem because Iím trying to show that vacancy and there is nowhere for prospective applicants to park. Thatís a bad first impression. There is plenty of off street parking, but the tenantís with the unauthorized vehicle should be using it, not prospective applicants. I texted them regarding removing the broken down vehicles that will have to moved for snow plowing as well as not parking the 3 rd vehicle in the lot while their other spots are occupied. I am considering whether doing actual ď designated ď parking will work. They arenít responding to text at all so maybe written notice will be more effective. I donít want them to stop paying, but this is getting ridiculous.

Designated Parking Work? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 8:52 AM

Where my rentals are any cars on the property more than 30 days have to be be registered & have a current inspection sticker per city / town ordinances. The only exception is for vehicles stored indoors. Does your city / town have a similar ordinance? If yours does then you could make them the bad guy. Otherwise I would contact a towing company, get some of their signs & post the area. I'm sure that once they get towed they will learn to comply. Of course as you mentioned you run the risk of them deciding to stop paying rent.

Designated Parking Work? (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 8:56 AM

The local police might help get rid of the two nonworking cars. I had to use that when a tenant wanted to park her nephews unregistered car in a driveway with only two spots. Police came and ticketed it and put a towaway notice on it. Suddenly it was gone. I have two tenants who had two dead cars in their two car spot for years. I let it go because there was parking on the street. Then other neighbors got more cars and those tenants found themselves with no place to park so they got rid of the two cars. It was hard for them to do that and they called charities and old car buyers. Maybe your tenants would like to do that and can't. Ask them.

So at my two four units next to each other I had designated spots. The rental applicant knew which spot was going to be theirs and if they didn't like it they did not rent. If someone moved and a spot was open I would ask current tenants if they would like to trade for that one. Designated spots got the right size car in the right spot too.

In this case, if those cars are not inspected and have plates etc. then try the police but I would let the tenant know that there has been a "complaint" from the locals and they have to go. The tenants I have kept their cars for sentimental reasons. One was given to the dad by his children and the other had like 200 K miles on it and was purchased with difficulty by the mom. It happens. My mother bought herself a Cadillac Biarritz, yellow, which took up a garage. When she could no longer drive it sat there until I was able to convince her that we needed it for the car that I could get her into and carry the wheelchair. We still sold it for $4,000 to a Cadillac collector and it was old but a creampuff. Mom was 90 and she bought it at age 80.

Designated Parking Work? (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 9:03 AM

Many of the self storage businesses in places I've lived have an area for RV's, trailers and vehicles.

Perhaps amend your lease to require all non operative vehicles to be stored offsite and give tenants a list of these places.

Maybe increase the rent by the amount of the storage fee and offer them the storage as part of your lease.

Or, of course, post your parking, and have non operative vehicles towed.

One way or the other, they've got to go.

Side idea: I'll bet other landlords in your area also have this problem. Why not buy a lot in an industrial area and use it for storage of these vehicles. Contact other landlords regarding the availability of your lot. Maybe you could make a decent profit off it. As an example, I can buy a 1 acre lot in a local industrial park pretty cheap, about $4000 (hey, this is Northern Michigan). A few improvements (clearing the lot and a fence) and I'm all in for under 10K. An acre lot is about the size of a football field. How many cars, etc. can be parked on a football field sized lot?


Designated Parking Work? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 9:08 AM

My lease addresses both issues: Tenant initials that they are giving me permission to have non-working vehicles towed. And I have, and I will. In your case, I would give them X number of days to cure getting rid of the dead cars.

We also designate parking spaces and we stress that even if their neighbor's space is empty, they can't use it.

Parking wars are the worst, so we head them off at the pass - in writing.

Designated Parking Work? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 9:23 AM

I understand that a car can not run all the time. You may need to be working on it to get it running. Flat tires happen for example

But when there are TWO cars that are not working, you are being taken advantage of.

If it doesn't bother you - you can do nothing. But take it from this retired Senior Chief, you get only what you inspect and what you expect. You will care more about your rental more than most tenants. If that isn't the case, it might be a good time to get away for a few days and rethink things.

My guess your other residents might be bothered the unfair distribution. Start charging for parking permits or maybe rent each parking space out monthly. IF that car is a 1967 Mustang it might be valid to be working on it........if it is a 1990 Chrysler K Car it might be there for a long long time. If they are paying $20/month, they will find it a new home son

Designated Parking Work? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 9:24 AM

Opppps soon not son

Designated Parking Work? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 9:30 AM

Thank you for all the responses. The lease does address it and in normal times I would not hesitate to tow. I will be adding the permission to tow. It is in the lease that they canít park it there but I like the way the permission to tow is worded . Richard, good idea about the lot. I have vacant lots but the trout troopers here freak out if even a bicycle is parked there. Iím sure I would get blamed for altering the breeding of several species if I tried to park vehicles there. Commercial lot would cost me about 100K. I could call police dept, but might have same effect as towing and no rent for me. Once it has to be plowed itís game over though and they are getting towed.

Designated Parking Work? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 10:06 AM

Face to face conversation. Straight to the point, "people are not happy they come to visit the available apartment and see old cars and difficult parking"

"Do you have someone who wants to rent the empty apartment?"

"Do you understand my concerns? This is a priority for me"

You have been placed in a situation where you can't evict them, you must address this not as you normally would. As the saying goes, What choice do you have? In your case, you can let the tenants know you have to tow them otherwise.

Assigned parking may not work as well in a small building where the tenants know each other. Towing signs also may not be the first impression you want.

Designated Parking Work? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 10:20 AM

I'll tell you what: I let a long-term tenant leave their non-working car for FARRRRR too long and FINALLY the town said get it gone they would fine ME. So I pushed on him and he said he couldn't even find people to tow it because he had lost the title and registration! It was a huge hassle and I don't remember how he finally made it happen.

Designated Parking Work? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 10:55 AM

I donít know if I can actually tow , it appears the cars are both registered and insured. This will be interesting.

Designated Parking Work? (by WL [CA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 11:51 AM

Had this problem - one T had 5 cars and the City wanted them gone. Gave repeated notices and finally called the towing company. T parked his cars behind the other T cars so the tow truck couldn't get to them. Wrong. Towing company got 4 of his car collection and he went insane with rage, screaming and yelling. Wrote graffitti all over his apartment walls which was found when the eviction was over . SOB LL, you Fxcked me, you POS . . . Meth will do that to a T's brain . . . he had money for meth and cars, but none for rent due.

Designated Parking Work? (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 12:05 PM

This one is easy. Two parking spots assigned, 2 cars in them (working or not), Tenant is not entitled to a 3rd spot and should have written notice reminding him. Why bother towing anything? I have assigned, marked spots and everyone is told up front (and it's in the rental agreement) that they are to park ONLY in their spots. If their spots are full with vehicles, working trailers, motorcycles, or anything, then they park on the street, or if company arrives, ditto. I put a note on the offending car on the first 'infraction' Usually works. I have been given the dubious title of "Parking Police" since I insist (for everyone's sanity) that the rules be followed.

Designated Parking Work? (by Jerry [MA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 12:27 PM

Agree with Sorta Blonde. Let the tenant keep two cars in the parking lot, the the third one needs to go. If necessary tow it away. The spots should be numbered, with each unit getting assigned spots.

Designated Parking Work? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 8:54 PM

I was reading through the posts again and remembered some years back I had a car issue similar to yours.

I stole the car. Gave it to a helper when he was on the clock. He came back on foot some time it could not have been too far away.

I would list this in the Not A Good Idea column but it does work.

Designated Parking Work? (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Nov 18, 2020 10:42 PM

...I would list this in the Not A Good Idea column...

how do I insert a smiley face here ?!?!?!?

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