After a long day at work, the last thing a tenant wants is to come home to find someone parked in their space. Not only is this irritating, but it may force you to park a block or so away from your home if there isn't other parking available.
Several Approaches That Can Be Taken:
First and foremost, if you happen to know who the neighbor is, try to approach them but do so cautiously. In many cases, this was done by mistake. Maybe the landlord gave them the wrong space number or they misread the number. There is also the possibility that they had a guest come into town who didn't realize there was assigned parking. Be mindful of the community you are in and the types of people who live in that community. If you know that the community is not the safest place to be, then this may not be the best option for you.
Leaving a note on the car is a great way to let them know this is your space. Be pleasant. Even though they had the audacity to park in your space, they are your neighbors and the last thing you need to start a feud which can make living in your home very uncomfortable.
Contacting your landlord can also be a great option if living in an apartment community. Tenants are often assigned parking spaces by the landlord and if someone else is parked in your spot, they may be able to intervene by speaking to the neighbor or by having the car towed.
If, however you are renting a condo, town home or a home, the landlord is limited in what they can do because they have no direct relationship with the neighbor. Your best bet at this point would be to speak to the local authorities to find out your rights as a tenant and to see if they can tag the car to be towed or let you know they steps that need to be taken in order to get your parking space back.
The last thing you want to do is to create a lot of tension between you and the neighbor. Its best to approach this tactfully without screaming or yelling at the other party, despite how upset they may be. A tenant should always remember that there may come a time where they accidentally park in someone else’s space and they last thing they want is for someone to come out screaming and yelling that them.
October 9, 2013