If you are a landlord you might also have to manage the parking lots in your properties.
Although you are not obliged to provide a parking facility for your tenants, you want to make your homes as attractive as possible to renters and having good parking facilities is something that they are looking for.
There are a wide number of asphalt paving companies in Michigan and any one of them will be able to provide the services you need, to get your parking lots up to scratch.
Here is their professional advice on how to proceed;
NO PARKING FACILITIES
Not every property will have parking facilities. And there may be nothing that you can do about this.
However, you can provide a list of local parking garages and the rates for them. You can also help identify any on street parking areas which might be available for your tenants and help them out with information about any necessary permits that might be needed.
POOR QUALITY PARKING FACILITIES
Having a parking lot on your property is great. However, the condition it is in still matters.
Any professional asphalt paving contractor in Michigan will tell you that getting cracks and potholes filled in and the asphalt surface sealcoated every two to three years, is essential for the maintenance of your parking lot.
Other issues which might cause problems for your tenants is poor or no line markings, so that people do not know where the correct parking space is.
NO DESIGNATED PARKING FOR RESIDENTS
For multi occupancy properties, we would advise, wherever possible, to allocate at least one space per unit.
This ought to be large enough to park one vehicle safely.
It is also important to ensure that residents are not trying to park more than one vehicle per designated space, as this might be dangerous and cause problems for other tenants.
Whether your property is single or multi occupancy, it is important that everyone knows where they should park and all areas should be clearly marked.
NO DESIGNATED PARKING FOR GUESTS
Spare a thought for guest parking when designing your property’s parking facilities.
If there is space, allow room for guest parking.
This stops guests parking in residents’ – or neighbors’ – driveways and spaces and causing bad feeling.
The rules for guest parking – i.e. how long they are allowed to park there – should be clearly understood by all users.
NO FACILITIES FOR MULTI VEHICLE TENANTS
Some of your tenants will have more than one vehicle.
If it is possible to, designate a space for multi vehicles and ensure it is clearly marked per resident.
If it is not possible, state clearly there is only one vehicle per occupant allowed in the tenancy agreement.
Once again, if you can provide information of local safe parking facilities, this will increase your appeal.
DISPUTES OVER PARKING SPACES
If you do not set clear boundaries about what is allowed and what is not, you will end up with problems.
The best way to resolve this, is to stop them before they start.
Ensure everyone knows what their rights are and where they may park and where they can’t.
This also helps ensure good relations with the neighbors to the property.
PROBLEMS OF LEGAL ACCESS
Before drawing up any tenancy agreement, check the legal situation firstly.
Ensure that there are no restrictions on parking in the parking lot, or other designated areas.
Check all local laws and bye laws carefully and ensure that there is emergency service access for your property.
Providing parking for your tenants is not enough, you also need to ensure that everything is legal and above board, check the quality of the parking lot surface, as well as make sure everyone knows exactly where they are allowed to park.
Clarity and quality are the key to parking success in your properties!