Car Park Problems

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14:12 PM, 3rd November 2015
About 3 years ago

Car Park Problems

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Car Park Problems

I am having car park problems at a 6 flat property I own. Recently we have started having difficulties with non-residents parking in this car park as it does not have a gate or barrier. We have issued tenants with permits and displayed signs stating that only residents with written permission from the landlord may park here, but this has not deterred other people from parking here.carpark

I am concerned about security and the fact that tenants may not have space in their car park for their own vehicles if this continues. One step we plan to take is to mark out spaces with numbers for each flat with a couple of guest spaces to try to clarify the situation in the car park, but I doubt this will put off any non-residents from parking here.

What do people recommend? I don’t really understand the current laws with regard to clamping and beyond that, or installing an expensive gate, I don’t know what to do.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Alun



Comments

Neil Patterson

14:15 PM, 3rd November 2015
About 3 years ago

Hi Alun,

There are private parking firms that you can use who will supply all the legally compliant parking notices and tell you where to put them.

All you then need to do is send a picture of the offending car to that company and they will issue a parking fine.

That should fix the issue very quickly 🙂

Just do a Google search as I can't remember the name of the firm that I know operated in a street our old office was on.

IAN GOULDSBROUGH

13:56 PM, 4th November 2015
About 3 years ago

We have the same problem. Initially notices were issued on the windscreen. After a while it was apparent who the regulars were. "Action" was taken and they got the message. However, to increase the value of the houses we did install a gate. We used Maxfab in West Sussex.

Darren Bell

14:00 PM, 4th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Just my opinion as a building designer I don't own apartments.
A gated access would give the impression of a quality higher end estate, signs and parking wardens jumping out from behind the bushes would in my opinion make even the residents nervous.
There is an initial capital cost associated with gates and like any piece of machinery they require maintenance and will break down when least convenient. However they don't require constant monitoring.

Alun Lloyd

14:11 PM, 4th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Thank you all for your comments. I will investigate the costs of a gate, as well as private parking firms. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Tony Atkins

14:53 PM, 4th November 2015
About 3 years ago

A simple manual barrier (two posts and a cross pole or swing gate) might be sufficient, if warning letters don't work. An online search for "manual parking barrier" throws up a lot of hits. Some of the options seem to come with coded locks, so the leaseholders can get in and out.

Alternatively, since there is clearly demand for parking space, why not go with the flow and charge these people for parking during the day, if the leaseholders agree? This will help pay for the cost of a barrier, and then provide a small ongoing profit for the leaseholders. Parklet.co.uk and http://www.justpark.com might be useful for model rental agreements.

S.E. Landlord

17:14 PM, 4th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Putting gates in place even if not closed will deter car drivers from parking there as there will always be the risk of being locked in. Also numbering the bays will help as it indicates the parking bays are allocated.

David Peach

11:31 AM, 6th November 2015
About 3 years ago

I run two businesses that can help with either the parking management or physical products for access. Feel free to get in touch happy to help / advise.

Mark Alexander

11:33 AM, 6th November 2015
About 3 years ago

Easier said than done, please see >>> http://www.property118.com/house-rules-business-sponsorship/
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