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Thursday, 01st October 2015

Frustrating for vistors who cant find a park!

Building Managers must remind occupants that the by-laws are there to protect everyone's best interests.

 I have seen building managers (me included) struggle to control the misuse of the visitor parking spaces.  Some executive committees have resorted to outsourcing wheel clamping companies or are teaming up with local council parking wardens to better manage these issues.  Both strategies are a long process but can be implemented once a by-law is passed and adopted accordingly.

Owners or occupants wishing to park their car on common property (ie visitor parking, etc.) must seek prior approval from the executive committee.  The written request will then be voted on at the executive committee meeting.

Understandably, with an undersupply of carspaces within strata schemes, requests are usually declined.  This is exacerbated by greater numbers of vehicles on our roads today.

In most cases, car spaces have been designated from the inception of their development and form part of their DA aprroval.  This allows peace of mind for prosepctive buyers and owners that visitors have designated car spaces.  However, if a visitor is unable to find a visitor car space, they need to park their car outside the boundary of that complex and not park on the common property.

Building managers need to remember that owners have no jurisdiction in deciding where a visitor can park other than a visitor car space or the respective owner's allocated car space.

Parking is an ongoing issue for building managers and strata living.  Here are a few tips below to keep the peace;

  • Ensure all allocated carpark boundaries are clearly marked
  • Remind all residents of the rules around car parking on common property through a newsletter
  • Leave a friendly reminder letter on the offending car (if possible, always best to talk to them first)
  • Strategically placed 'no parking' signage may be required in some cases
  • Report all repeat offenders to the strata managers for record keeping that may result in a breach notice.

 

By Dino Biordi

Dino is managing director of LUNA Management.

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Comment from MelBrandle on Tuesday, 11th July 2017

Misuse of allocated parking units will be a continuous process as long as the parking facility does not provide sufficient units for everyone. Warning signs and preventive measures can be put into place but there won't be a guarantee that everyone would abide by the rules.

Comment from webbrowan on Friday, 11th March 2016

A regulation needs to be imposed so as not to allow anyone to take advantage of an additional parking spot for their car. The designated area is for visitors only but at times people fail to comply which might cause inconvenience to others.  http://financesmarter.com.au/

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