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The Parking Management Blog by SecurePark

3 Reasons To Manage Your Free Parking, Even If You Don't Think You Need To

Posted by Dylan Sharp

There are a lot of misconceptions about the role of free parking for homeowners' associations (and other organizations as well!), but the biggest one is always: "why should we actively manage our free parking, if it's free to use and we can't make money from violation fees?"

As it turns out, there are some excellent reasons to manage your free parking: reasons have nothing to do with revenue but rather with compliance.

And even if you have plenty of parking available, more than your residents and visitors could ever need (and if this is you... can we please move to your area?), compliance with your parking rules is still important.

Our customers and users agree - there are several compelling reasons to manage your free parking, even if you don't think you need to.

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Topics: homeowners association, HOA parking, securepark visitor management, visitor management, visitor parking

The 5 Biggest Parking Headaches For Any HOA

Posted by Dylan Sharp

If you live in an HOA, or you manage any kind of space on behalf of an HOA, you know that parking is one of the most intractable problems facing any homeowners' association. HOA parking can be a major driver of conflict between residents, within management, and even between the HOA and the city.

The thing is: it doesn't have to be that way. Read on to discover the 5 biggest parking headaches faced by most HOAs - and how you can improve each and every one of them.

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Topics: HOA parking, parking enforcement, hoa parking enforcement

Your 3 Worst Multifamily Residential Parking Problems, Solved.

Posted by Dylan Sharp

  • How many times have you come home to find your assigned parking spot taken?
  • Are most of the visitor parking spots in your parking lot taken by the same cars, day after day?
  • Do you find yourself writing down the license plate numbers or problematic parkers to show your superintendent or property manager? (Does it work?)
  • Or do you have very little visitor parking available... so visitors take your spot?

Truthfully, if we had a dollar for every story we'd heard like this... well, we'd be vacationing in the Bahamas most of the time.

The fact is: parking problems are difficult, stressful and drive everyone crazy. And they affect anyone who has a car and lives in a multifamily residential complex: whether you drive a Ford or a Maserati, you've experienced the utter frustration of having someone else park in your spot, or not being able to find visitor parking because someone keeps taking the best parking spots.

Let us tell you a few little stories: the names have been changed, the situations are real. If you recognize yourself - or your building - it might be time to give us a call, or ask your property manager to look into our system

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Topics: condo parking, HOA parking, hoa parking enforcement, homeowners association, multifamily parking, parking enforcement, visitor parking

Crossing your Ts when you Tow in Texas: Advice for HOAs

Posted by John White

In Texas, homeowners' associations have more rights than in many other states when it comes to enforcing parking regulations. Unlike in California, for instance, there is not a 96-hour waiting period before you're allowed to tow a vehicle. Although HOAs in Texas enjoy a fairly large amount of leeway in terms of parking enforcement, though, there are still rules that need to be followed. Here's how to make sure you cross your Ts before you tow.

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Topics: hoa, texas parking, HOA parking, hoa parking enforcement, texas tow truck, texas towing

Can your Texas HOA regulate parking on public streets?

Posted by John White

Occasionally, we feature reader questions on the SecurePark blog: we know that parking rules vary between jurisdictions, and as parking management experts, we've seen pretty much every parking situation known to humankind. Today, a reader writes in from Texas:

Q: A tenant of a property adjacent to my HOA often occupies much-coveted street parking with his vehicle. As the HOA regulates parking on the street, is it within their rights to ticket his vehicle? 

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Topics: HOA parking, parking enforcement, hoa parking enforcement, parking management, visitor management

Can California's HOAs enforce their parking rules on private streets?

Posted by John White

What defines a public street in California? It’s open to the public and publicly maintained. Private streets, on the other hand, are privately maintained (by a homeowners' association or otherwise) and may be gated or otherwise blocked from public use. 

Legally, it’s much easier to enforce your parking rules on private streets than public. Fortunately for your HOA, some or all of the roads in your development are likely private, meaning they are owned and maintained by the association and not open for public use. Your HOA may regulate parking for members and non-members alike on these streets. 

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Topics: HOA parking, hoa, homeowners association, california, parking enforcement, parking

Parking Enforcement Tools: 3 Ways to Get Ready To Use Them

Posted by John White

So, you have parking resources to manage. You have a parking lot, or more than one parking lot, or you have more than one parking location. Or maybe you’re the head of a homeowners’ association and you want to manage your street parking in a way that makes everyone happy (or at least satisfied).

Either way, you have parking resources. And unless you’re already controlling that space, you probably have a parking problem. People park in your stalls who shouldn’t; people stay longer in your parking spots than they’re supposed to. You need a way to control who parks and who doesn’t… and, potentially, who gets a violation notice and a fine for parking where they aren’t supposed to park.

Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you’re starting the process of figuring out how to control your parking resources. Before you purchase a parking enforcement system, though, you should make sure you know exactly what you need. Here are three things to keep in mind.

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Topics: parking, condo parking, parking enforcement, HOA parking, parking enforcement software, multifamily parking, shopping centre parking, retail parking, shopping center parking

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