Car parking issues must be some of the most common problems that crop up in strata schemes. Whether you’re tackling untidy garage spaces, unauthorised day parkers or particularly tight parking spots, here are some solutions that might be worth considering.
Problem 1: Other owners are misusing their car parking spots or using someone else’s spot.
This can occur due to a number of factors. First, ensure that each owner knows where their allocated parking spot is in writing, and identify each spot clearly if you are using allocated parking. If a neighbour is consistently using the wrong parking spot then the first step is to have a conversation about it. If that fails, then your strata committee can decide to issue a Notice to Comply with a By-Law, which can be further escalated to NCAT if not followed.
If another owner is using their parking spot to store items other than a vehicle and this is not already restricted in the strata scheme’s by-laws, then this may be a matter worth voting on – particularly if it is impacting on the appearance or common use of the property. If the by-laws already restrict the use of a parking spot to one vehicle only, then your strata committee can choose to issue a Notice to Comply with a By-Law then escalate it further if needs be.
Problem 2: You have a problem with unauthorised parkers.
If city workers are parking where they shouldn’t and clogging up your strata property carpark, then there are a few different ways to tackle this irritating problem. First, your owners corporation should have specific by-laws in place about restrictions to parking by residents, visitors and unauthorised parkers. It’s always best to have a conversation with the offending parker if possible. Your owners corporation may decide to put in gates, bollards or signage to restrict unauthorised parking and clarify the situation. Your strata scheme can also approach your local council to put an arrangement in place if both parties agree, whereby the council’s parking inspectors can monitor and fine unauthorised parkers as per the new NSW legislation.
Problem 3: Your carpark is too small or access is too narrow.
The solution to this problem will depend on the specific situation. If you cannot get your car into your parking space because of its size or angle, it’s best to speak with your strata manager or your strata committee about putting a motion forward. One solution may be to reallocate parking spaces between yourself and someone with a smaller vehicle, while another may be to expand all car parking spaces if the problem is a common one.
Problem 4: Someone has left their vehicle on common strata property.
There is a set process to follow regarding abandoned vehicles, so don’t call the tow truck straight away. The owners corporation can move a vehicle that blocks access or use of common property with sufficient notice. Read our article about handling abandoned goods on a strata property before taking action.
If you have questions, simply get in touch with your strata manager at Real Property Services.