This article about the best way to solve resident parking problems in your apartment building has been supplied by The LookUpStrata Team.
We received a comment on one of our other Parking posts a few days ago. Rather than have one of our fabulous contributors offer a reply, I thought we’d try something new and throw the question out to our Community. We are asking you: our residents, lot owners, strata managers, building managers, strata lawyers and other members of our community. How do you solve the parking problems? What works in your building?
What is the best way to solve resident parking problems in an apartment building?
Comment from Ginny Lowndes:
It was suggested that owner/s & occupiers/new renter/s provide their plate/s & mobile phone number/s to the NSW strata managers so that the Committee was able to identify a rogue car parker quickly & contact them or remove an unauthorized parker. Was told it couldn’t be done. As it stands the Committee has no way of identifying who owns what cars to take any action at all.
The NSW law is nothing but waffle without identification of who owns the cars.
All the car parking spaces have been turned into unauthorized garages that store junk & owners/occupiers want to park their 2-3 cars in any space on the common area as their “right”. That is approximately 100+ cars a day.
Anyone else got any clues as to what to do about it?
Update: We received this answer in the comment section below from Philip Colless, a building manager from Pyrmont. We’ve decided to include the response in the main article, so the information does not get lost as it gets pushed down the comments list:
I am a building manager for a Pyrmont apartment complex with 8 visitor spaces. Despite all 76 apartments having one or two lock garages each, preventing residents from parking in visitors, or visitors parking too long requires daily attention.
To know what’s going on, I keep a register with car rego’s of all residents and known visitors.
I get this information from periodic walk arounds of the private garages, recording car details.
If there is a car I don’t know that overstays in visitors, I get this info by reviewing the CCTV combined with access control system.
Pass bylaws and signage in your visitor parking area that sets out time limits and who is eligible (or not) to park there. This building allows residents to park in visitors for 15 minutes to “drop off” (which invites abuse of the privilege. I recommend residents never be allowed to park in visitors, over the years having heard every conceivable excuse why they stayed more than 15 minutes)
Pass another bylaw giving the OC power to disable or restrict access devices (fobs and remotes) that are used to facilitate breach of a bylaw.
When transgression starts:
- Pre-prepared notice on car windscreen
- Letter from strata manager to resident owner or agent & tenant and a warning sticker on the car window.
- Final letter warning legal consequences (NCAT fine) and that fob/remote will be disabled without further notice if there is a further breach.
- Follow through on warning and disable remote. It will only be reinstated at the pleasure of the strata committee.
This really works. Instant consequences. And going to NCAT is time consuming and costs the owners corporation money.
These steps may not be applicable to all buildings. Much depends on the level of on site security equipment. There is a fair bit of work required to put all this in place, but the results are worth it.
Don’t miss the rest of the comments below. There are some great ideas on ways to solve parking problems in your apartment building.
- NSW: Q&A Adequate ByLaw to Combat Abuse of Visitor Parking Spaces
- NSW Case Study: Is your illegal parking notice just an empty threat?
- NSW: 5 Most Useful By-laws: 3. Parking By-Law
This post appears in Strata News #250.
Can you relate to this situation? Is something similar happening at your scheme? What have you tried to solve your building’s parking problems? What worked? What didn’t work? Let us know below in the comment section.