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Old 12-19-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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Hi all, this is my first winter and I just received a notice that says "effective immediately you must move your vehicle from the parking lot between 9am and 11am if it snows more than 2 inches or you will be ticketed and towed."

First off, is this standard around here? I did not see anything in the lease or original parking agreement I made when I added the parking spaces to my lease about this. Can they just say this now and expect me to be bound by it?

My issue with it is that my wife is out of town for awhile and I work longs days most of the time AND there are all kinds of parking restrictions in the neighborhood. What exactly am I supposed to do with my wife's car if I'm at work...

2nd red flag: 2 inches according to who? Obviously the snow plow company has a financial interest to say "oh yeah, that's 2 inches all right." and the towing company they call isn't going to argue because they know they can hold my car hostage until I pay up.

Do I have to agree to this if I didn't agree to it in my lease?

Can I do anything to prevent them from towing my car?

Can I do anything to contest the charges after the fact?

And who exactly is going to ticket me? Do the police really write tickets for parking violations on private property???

Thank you all in advance for you responses. You all were a great help when we were first planning our move here!
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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Is it a private off-street lot you're renting a space in?
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Move. Screw the city. Find a place with a driveway!
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: East Side Milwaukee
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Move. Screw the city. Find a place with a driveway!
Except his place already has a driveway & he pays for parking. I guess we know where your bias lay.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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This sounds like something to take up with the management company / landlord. I can tell you that I've never had to deal with such provisions when I lived in complexes with on site outdoor parking. They just asked that you move your car if it was possible so they could clear the entire lot. As far as tickets go, the cops will only write tickets on private property if you are parking somewhere you are not authorized to be - ie: someone elses lot or space. If your landlord hires out parking enforcement, they'll be the ones doing the towing and fining. I'm not a lawyer, but I would say that if these rules are not stated in the agreement you signed (or a blanket statement saying you'll comply with all of their rules) and you are parking where you should be, they'll have a tough time enforcing them and/or fining you. All of this would seem to fall under non-standard rental provisions, which must be negotiated, stated in writing, and agreed to by you. In any event, I would talk to the management company and tell them your situation. You are paying for a spot and should be able to use it for your convenience. Hope this helps!

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I have lived in the city my whole life and never had a problem reading no parking signs and I have never had my car towed, in Milwaukee. Chicago now that's a city where you don't mess around they will tow your car in seconds!
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Except his place already has a driveway & he pays for parking. I guess we know where your bias lay.
He pays for parking but has a driveway? How can I not be biased? That's ridiculous.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I guess I just don't understand why someone would pay for parking but has a driveway? He hasn't exactly given the greatest detail about his situation i.e. has more than 1 car so he has to pay for an extra spot. That's all I'm saying. To me, paying to park MY car that I already pay for (payments/insurance) and paying rent...that's ridiculous. I've lived in many cities and Milwaukee has been the only one where they tell you that you have to pay for parking when renting your residence. Not even Las Vegas does that kind of shiesty handiwork.
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