I found this article in The Apartment Management Magazine, February, 2013 edition. As we all know this can be a very touchy subject. It is not anyone’s desire to alienate a resident but, you must have uniform application of compliance and make sure the standards conform with the laws of your state and city. I think you will find the article to be informative.
By: Nick Frantz | OneCallNow.com
I don’t know a property manager who doesn’t grapple with parking issues. At best, they’re a hassle. At worst, they threaten resident safety, satisfaction and retention. They can even send you to court.
Towing may alienate a resident… but failure to act on a parking problem could alienate many residents. The best solution is a proactive approach that maximizes compliance and minimizes your need to have to make the tough decision. Here are seven tips to help ease parking woes on your property.
1. Understand the parking and towing laws and ordinances in your state and in your municipality.
If you don’t already know the laws, an Internet search should yield results. Illegal towing can do more than damage resident relationships. It can be costly. Some states allow the court to award loss of use damages for the illegally towed vehicle. Residents have to prove their case. But win or lose, it’s going to cost you time and money.
2. Have proper legal signage.
Posting parking permit and restriction signs on your property is one of the most important actions you can take to ensure and enforce compliance. With effective signage, residents, visitors, staff and vendors should never have any question about where to park.
3. Clearly mark the parking lots and curbs. Continue reading