Post # 1
Hey bees, looking for advice.
DH and I live in a townhome building with 10 apartments and a small parking lot behind the building. There are just enough spaces so everyone gets a parking spot, given that everyone parks smartly and close enough to the person next to them.
There is an apartment that should be for two people (or two cars) but three college girls live there, so of course all three girls park behind the house. They also have frequent overnight guests who park and take up parking spaces. This leaves the rest of us tenants who PAY to park, searching hopelessly for a parking spot on our crowded street.
One girl has her BF stay over frequently. 2-3 nights a week. We’ve left notes on his car, their apartmet door to remind them you must pay and have a parking pass and it is inconsiderate to force paying tenants to park on the street. When he parked in one spot for a week straight over their college break when they weren’t even home, the landlord finally issued a letter to all residents. So, within one month, they were left two notes by DH and sent a letter from management.
Well tonight, DH runs out to the store for something and comes home to a full parking lot. And this girls BF is here. DH had to park 8 blocks away and walk home in 10 degree weather, and I’ll have to walk back when I leave for work in the morning. He called the landlord who gave him the ‘ok’ to call the tow company and get his car out of there. Of course the tow company posted on our building had a disconnected number. We’ve tried knocking on their door to (not so) politely ask them to move but they won’t answer the door. The landlord said he would find another towing company in the morning if he’s still there, but he’s always gone by morning.
So bees, what would you do? I’m so angry and frustrated. I want to be a responsible adult about this. But, the landlord will just send another letter, which they will most likely disregard. I just want them to understand how rude and inconsiderate they are being. I want them to actually have to deal with a real consequence of their actions rather than just getting another letter mailed to them. They’ve receiced multiple notices, not to mention parking policy is part of theirnlease, yet they continue to do what they want as if no rules apply to them.
So frustrated with these snobby, entitled, parents pay my rent college kids!! How would you handle this bees?
Post # 3
@krex: I live in an apartment with a parking lot with just enough spots for everyone to park with maybe 1 or 2 extra so I know how it can be to fight for a spot close to your home. So I feel your pain, and I’m sorry you’re having to deal with inconsiderate neighbors.
Is there any reason that you couldn’t find and call another towing company on your own? That’s really my only suggestion. That, or tomorrow I’d have a serious conversation with your landlord. Not just like a mention to them, but really explain your issue and how it’s affecting you and your husbands lives that these kids are being so inconsiderate.
Post # 4
@CarolinaCola: the management company has a contract wth this towing company. Anyone else we call we would have to pay for. The contract they have means that any charges get forwarded to the tenant being towed.
Post # 5
@krex: Ah, okay. That’s what I figured. Well, hopefully some other ladies on here have dealt with something like this and would have better advice to give.
Post # 6
1.Ask the landlord to have the towing company to make more frequent checks of the parking lot and tow cars with no pass. He should update the sign so people know they will be towed. If the landlord is charging you for a parking pass, he has an obligation to ensure that the lot is patrolled and spots are available.
2. park right behind their car so they can’t get out in the a.m.
Post # 7
@krex: First of all, I understand your frustration. I’d be pissed off, too. But I do get annoyed with the stereotype about college kids whose parents pay rent. These people are jackasses, but don’t hate on the whole demographic! My parents are paying my rent right now because I just finished school and am getting on my feet. I’m a good neighbor, though.
The way I see your situation is that the apartment complex is obligated to do something about the herd of college students. I’m sure that these people are violating their leases in a bunch of different days. For one thing, usually there is a limit on how many nights a guest may stay at an apartment where their name is not on the lease– I’m sure they’re messing that up. And you did mention that there are strict parking regulations. It’s pretty surprising to me that your complex hasn’t taken the steps to kick them out. I know that most complexes are owned by a larger company. I would try calling over their and explaining the situation. Maybe your rental office will feel a little bit more pressure to act on the situation if their superiors start to come down on them a little.
Post # 8
This is easy. Grab a huge dog turd, and smear a massive chunk of it under each of his door handles. Then key his car. If he is going to be an ass hat, let him be treated like one.
Post # 9
@krex: Man….This is why me and DH pay extra for our apartment (it has an attached garage). I agree with PP that you can either park behind them or get disgusting revenge!
Post # 10
@DuckEBee: these kids have done numerous things before with no regard for consequence, and each time their parents show up to fix it. It’s not so much that they’re paying for it, rather than they’ve never had to deal with with real world because mom and dad keep reality from hitting them.
And, it’s not a complex. It’s just a small row of 5 townhomes making up one building. We have a small rental office that can’t keep up with all of its properties over the city. They dont really care about much as long you you don’t burn the place down. (Literally – college girls started a charcoal grill on their covered porch, doused in kerosene and went inside for half an hour. The flames we’re licking the the roof. I took photos and set to landlord. They issued a reminder to all residents you must attend grills. The kids parents showed up the next day with a gas grill for them)
Post # 11
I think that’s you are doing all that you can do. It’s up to your mgmt company to fix the bigger issue here so in the meatime you just have to keep bugging them. Get the mgmt company to tell you exactly when you can start calling the new towing company and tow their cars every day if you have to. Also maybe ask your mgmt company to put a NO VISITOR PARKING sign on the lot and/or give you a partial refund on parking. If you are paying for it, no non-paying people should be allowed to park there unless there are designated visitor parking stalls.
If it were me, I would not get any horrible revenge because it sounds ike mommy and daddy would just buy them a nicer car and that’s just asking for them to do something to your car in the future. What I would do is when they have guests who park there and you know they are home I’d be over there ringing their doorbell non-stop until they answer it and make them move the car. Make it so that they can’t ignore you. That is, only until you can just tow their car (I’d tow all of their cars if I could). The good news is, if their cars are registered under their parent’s names instead of theirs, then they will have to have their parents come to the impound lot to get their car back and I’m doubting that will go over well.
Sorry that you have to deal with this, sometimes neighbours can just be a pain in the ass.
Post # 12
@krex: There are a number of ways that people could deal with these terrible neighbors/guests of neighbors. As one Bee suggested, something disgusting and sticky under the door handles, or any other number of (not recommended) things, such as breaking keys off in door handle locks, yanking pins out of the pin studs on tires, vaseline on windows, etc. If mommy and daddy get them a new set of wheels, well, that’s just gonna be a more expensive vehicle for accidents to happen to while parked illegally in a complex. However, again, it’s not recommended that you do them.
Post # 13
Call up management, get a new number for the tow company, and tell then that you PAY for parking and it’s unacceptable that your spaces are taken up multiple nights every week.
Put a traffic cone in your spot when you leave. OR just block their cars in!
Why not, it’s technically your spot?
Maybe they’ll get the hint after having to come ask you to move your car a few times, and you reply, “OH I’m sorry about that – we pay for the parking spaces and your boyfriend doesn’t, so we parked there anyway. You can have him park down the block in the future to avoid being blocked in.”
BAH. I’d really just find a new apartment next time my lease it up.
That charcoal grill would have been IT for me.
Post # 14
@krex: You need to have the landlord do one of the following:
– number the spaces so each tenant owns a specific space
– put up a sign that each parked car needs to have clearly displayed permits and issue 2 numbered permits per apartment
– install an automatic gate that only tenants can access
Post # 15
I wouldn’t try to block them in… some younger people would have no trouble trying to back into your car to push it out of the way… and that is the last thing you need to be dealing with! Then there is the possibility they may have the urge to just flat out damage your car.
You just need to remember you are not dealing with rational adults – you are dealing with people who probably think they are entitled to do anything they want. You really need to push your landlord and perhaps even drop that you may need to move if he can’t fix it. Whenever I drop the possibility of moving out my landlord gets off his butt because he doesn’t want to deal with renting out the apartment when we are great tenants.
Post # 16
@krex: I know this isn’t very adult and probably illegal, so I’m not recommending it. But I would throw eggs at his car.