Q: I rent a parking space as a residential tenant (it's rent-stabilized and separate from my apartment rental). I constantly have problems with other vehicles parking in my assigned spot. I’ve asked the management company to have cars towed but am told there is nothing they can do. I work varying hours and lease the spot so I don’t have to worry about parking when I come home. Does the management company have to at least have a contact for a towing company on standby or is there really nothing to be done (posted signs do nothing)?
A: You're unlikely to get your inconsiderate neighbors' cars towed, but you still have some recourse over the loss of your spot, say our experts.
It sounds like your landlord also operates your parking garage, and if that's the case, "there is at minimum an implied warranty that the space will be available and usable" to you, says real estate attorney Dean Roberts of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus. On top of that, he says, "your landlord has a duty to ensure that the garage operates in an orderly fashion and that the space is available as contracted."
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