Letter to the HOA's property management firm|
Dear Ms. C[...]:
As we have been preparing our home for its new tenants, I have had to go to [our street] to meet our realtor, a contractor, or to take care errands many times. Each time at least one unauthorized car has been parked in one of our spaces. Often, two are. When conversations with neighbors and notes left behind didn't work, I finally started calling [the contract tow company]. As you recall, I waited an infuriating three hours with no response on my first attempt. The second time, I had to leave before the truck got there. Today I called [them] again, and to their credit they showed up quickly. They were in the process of hooking up the offending vehicle when its alarm went off, bringing out an irate resident from across the street.
At first she claimed, "That's my space!" I pointed out the lot number to our townhouse painted on the space. Then she howled, "But someone parked in my space!" I replied that she should have had them towed away instead of transferring the problem to me. Then she appealed to the tow truck driver: "He doesn't even live here. He's a realtor." I explained that I am not a realtor; that, in fact, I am the owner of the house. Enter moral relativism: "But people do this all the time." So...not...my...problem. Next, she fired off an appeal to sympathy: "I'm home sick with my child." I'm sorry you're not feeling well--but if you're home sick, waiting for a tow truck to reclaim your space really shouldn't be a problem, should it? In the end, she didn't get towed and she did move from the space.
We have new tenants moving in on 1 August. As we agreed to in Paragraph 4 of the lease, we are granting them all the privileges of the association that are tranferrable to tenants--which includes assigned parking spaces for non-garage homes. I want our tenants to be able to park their cars in their assigned spaces without incidents such as this. Please take whatever steps are necessary--at once--to make it clear to people that they are not to park in other home's spaces without the express permission of the property owner. Period.
Peter L. Thomas, Homeowner
[Our HOA] Land Bay 2, Lot 144
Current Mood: aggravated
|Date:||July 27th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)|| |
That is perfectly reasonable. Where i live, each townhouse house gets 2 parking permits, and one assigned space, and it is thoroughly enforced, as should be there. Best with it.
|Date:||July 27th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)|| |
I just loved...
...the litany of rationalizations and excuses.
Go you. People probably figured your spots were going unused and didn't think this would happen. Now they know. Aren't you glad they ain't your neighbors?
Conversely, when I park in an "at-large" spot, someone blocks me in (explanation: "We have two spots. This one (marked reserved) and this other one (where my car is: unreserved, somehow "claimed" because it is right in front of their house), I don't knock on their door -- I call the towing company on them.
After a certain point it seems "asking nicely" is useless.
There's nice and there is "nice".
It hit me after I responded that the perfect rebuttal to "Well, someone took my space!" is, "Okay, so let's have the driver tow their car away instead".
You get credit for at least trying to be reasonable, and if they aren't lying they will like the idea (and whoever gets towed won't be blaming you). One way or another, whoever winds up paying is someone that should.
|Date:||July 27th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)|| |
I wonder how legal it would be to take down license plate numbers and write notes on the windshield that warn that anything in that spot is owned by the people who own that spot. Therefore, you may decide you want to vandalize your property, and you may demand the title of the car while the owner parks it in your space.
Certainly, a friend with a lock pick and a harmless note saying "I was here, and I can get back in, next time I'll hotwire it and drive it away" might give people the message.
IANAL, but I'd say "no way in hell".
I remember the case of the guy who had his identity stolen at a very young age and had issues because of it for *years*. One day he tracked down a bank account belonging to the culprit with ~$30K in it, so showed the bank it was "his" and emptied it (it had his name and SSN after all). The other guy went to the cops about it (using fraudulent ID of course).
When the dust cleared, they were both charged.
Yeah, no, sticking to the legal recourses here.
Your best bet is to do exactly as you've done.
If need be, you can post a nice little sign that says "Unauthorized vehicles will be towed".
And you could drop in one more time before your new tenants take possession, and call another tow truck if need be - just to be sure folks 'get it'.
But after your tenants move in, it's their problem to enforce, really.
Just make sure your tennants understand that its their spot and if they have to call a tow truck, its okay with you and they won't get in trouble. I had a landlord go ballastic on me for doing that because he feared it would cause problems with his neighbors - and he didn't even live there! :-)
|Date:||July 27th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)|| |
Classic. Unfunny at the time, but reading it? Classic.
|Date:||July 28th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)|| |
You would know the right community to repost this...y'know..."bad_neighbor_dot_die_dot_die_dot_die" or whatever...
|Date:||July 28th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)|| |
I was considering metaquoting it, actually. Just not sure it's that funny out of context.
|Date:||July 27th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)|| |
How does one go about having someone towed from thier parking space?
do you have to produce proof of ownership?
or is it like hey dude, come get this car and they have to pay you $$$?
and does it cost you anything besides time to get them towed?
I ask because people keep parking in my parking space, frineds of tenants and owners. And it's clearly marked 6 not GUEST like the others.
|Date:||July 27th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: quick question?
It depends upon your COA and local laws.
If your association has assigned spaces--and usually a sign posted saying that you may be towed if you park in someone else's space, and a phone number to call if you are towed...