Address parking issues early in order to prevent problems

by Tom Simplot

Feb 22, 2015

You pull into the parking lot late at night, after a long day, and someone is in your spot. Almost as annoying is when the guy next to you has managed make it impossible for you to squeeze your car in for the night. Now what?

Parking can be one of the biggest challenges in multifamily communities. It’s important to know your rights and be a good neighbor to prevent parking issues. Before you sign your lease, ask these key questions:

1. Is parking free in the community?
This might be something to negotiate in a new lease or in a renewal. Some companies might offer free parking with your lease for a few months as an incentive. 

2. How many spaces does each apartment get?
If you need two spaces for a spouse, partner or roommate, be sure to ask about the availability of a second space and where that space will be located.

3. Is there covered parking?
Ask your manager if your community has open spaces for visitors or overnight guests. Can those spaces be reserved? Many projects in downtown areas have private lots where guests can pay for parking and there are meters on public streets. These might be options worth scouting out before you need them.

Parking issues can escalate into bigger challenges if left unaddressed. It’s important to work through issues with neighbors in a calm and respectful manner. If your parking neighbor repeatedly takes two spaces, take photos to demonstrate your issue.

If you feel your parking issue requires management handling, don’t be afraid to ask them to intervene. They may have myriad options to help, including warning repeat offenders or taking legal action if necessary.