(Closed) Ugh, apartment living!

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Atalanta:  Kind of a good idea.

The landlord get’s a guaranteed payment from you, every month, for parking yet can’t guarantee you parking?  Sorry!

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@krex:  oh my god I feel your pain so hard. We have gated parking at our downtown building, and basically if the lot’s full that leaves us to park on the street in front of the hobo park. (yes I know, first world probs.) People piggy-back into the lot all the time, and will park there for days while they stay with their friends/family in the building. It’s terrible around Mardi Gras time; we’re ON the parade route, which is awesome for us…but awful too because people try to park in our lot to not have to park as far from the festivities. But it makes me want to scream, “HEY BITCHES I pay 700+ a month to park here. YOU DON’T!”

 

I would have to just agree with PPs on this one: annoy the fuck out of whoever will listen, whether it’s by towing the offending party, borderline harrassing your manager, witholding (at a minimum) parking fees and (at a maximum) rent, and/or enforcing some shenanigans on the car itself. Ugh I’m so aggravated for you. Please let us know if you get those stupid kids. <–God, I sound so old. Haha!

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have it towed and send the bill to the landlord, or deduct the amount off of the rent next month. In the meantime, as PPs have said, call the landlord 2-3 times every day until you get a working # for the towing company, or get the issue resolved.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@julies1949:  “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.”


Exactly.  Problem solved.

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This may sound silly but did you try googling the name of the towing company to get a more up-to-date phone number? I don’t even know if your landlord gave the name of the company – but that would help. Then you could get ahold of them.

I agree with others – hound your landlords day and night. Something needs to be done about this. If it were me, I’d probably call the police, too. The landlords certainly won’t like that, and neither will the dipshit kids taking up the spots. 

I’d also park behind them. They don’t like it, too bad. 

Post # 37
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Sugar bee

I would also insist on a rate reduction for every day that you can’t park in your spot. 

If you pay 30/month, and you get blocked out 3 times, pay $27.  Right now it doesn’t cost them anything so they probably don’t care.  Make it their problem.

 

 

Post # 38
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308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not sure, but I think even if you have someone towed by a company not approved by your landlord, theperson being towed has to pay for it. I would call around and find out, that way if it happens again (which, it sounds like it will), you can just tow them. Unless the landlord got you guys a new number for a tow company? Hope so!

Post # 39
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1327 posts
Bumble bee

Do you guys not have a strata council that handles the complex?

Parking permits – max 2 permits per unit or whatever you guys consider fair, and then tow anyone without a permit that park in the spots. Its pretty simple really. Post warning signs on the parking lots that it is permit parking, the person towed is responsible to pay the bill.

 

 

 

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@krex:  I’m in Canada so I’m not sure if this applies but this is a Landlord Tenant Act that is controlled by the province and under that if someone is interfering with your ability to reasonably enjoy your unit you can file a complaint and the Landlord must deal with it.

If you pay for parking and aren’t getting it and it’s a part of your lease than your Landlord is in breach of contract. If they do not take action on your behalf go above their head to the Tenant board (if there is such a thing).

Best of luck, that is so frustrating!

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Tell the landlord he has 24 hours to provide you with the working telephone number of a tow company you can call to have the cars towed at no expense to you, or you are going to start calling the tow company of your choice and deducting the cost from your rent.

 

Post # 43
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Buzzing bee

@shaniqua:  Our complex has an automatic gate where each tenant has a code. Guests are supposed to have to call whoever they’re visiting to be issued a temporary code to use, but instead they just drive straight through the barricade. When we were planning to move in here my roommate asked what they do if someone knocks the barricade down. The landlord showed him this empty storage room they have that is just filled with extra ones to install.

@krex:  I feel your pain! We have plenty of parking, and our management company won’t allow more than two cars per apartment to have permits, but up to four adults are allowed to live in one apartment. We have three cars between SO, RM, and I. they have a parking lot far away, but everyone (including us) park our cars in the extra spaces without passes, and it never seems to bother anyone. One of our neighbors is handicapped, so they have a designated spot. Another neighbor close by has had an extended visitor (like 1-2 months) who is also handicapped apparently, so they are always stealing the actual tenant’s reserved spot. If the spot is taken they will park in the crosswalk spot or maintanence parking. We also have a row of garages that you can rent out, and I once even saw this visitor just park long ways in front of two garages. It’s so annoying, but if we call that would ruin things for every single tenant who is parking an extra car, so we will just have to deal with it for now.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@julies1949:  #2 = GENIUS.

 

The only problem with #1 is that they’ve already realized that you can threaten them and so far, nothing has happened. Unless immediate action (like towing or a boot) is taken, there is nothing they can do about it.

 

To OP: Call out the landlord and say he NEEDS to get the towing company on them. That is just absolutely ridiculous.

Or do what we do in Chicago. Start putting furniture in the spot you want to occuppy. Or buy cones and put them in each spot so the bf will think there’s something going on, but only you and the residents will know the secret…

Post # 45
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1327 posts
Bumble bee

We only have one designated underground parking stall for our unit, so our other car goes on the street, sucks but thats the way it is, we dont go stealing other peoples stalls just becuase we have extra cars. Some units own two parking stalls, some have one, and many units own more then 1 or 2 cars. We have visitor parking that require visitor passes (with a 72 hour limit),  it has plently of empty spaces but if owners are caught parking in those stalls then their cars are towed. Stealing other peoples parking stalls is rude and childish, I hate that “Well everyone else does it so we can do it too” attitude.

If you think people are abusing the rules then the renters and owners should be required to report the licence plates of all their vehicles, that way it is easy to tow the offenders.

Post # 46
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@krex:  I admit, I cackled when I saw the bit about the soaking wet pantyliner! Is it still there? Oh, to be a fly on the wall when he figured out what was stuck to the roof…

Hope things improve now that there’s a (working) number for a towing company!

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