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  • Buy-to-Let

    Renting the parking space in my flat

    Different issue, we are discussing you as the leaseholder renting out your parking space separate to your flat where the freeholder can take action for a breach of lease covenants.  I doubt you could say somebody was regularly parking in your space without your permission if you are renting it out.

    I have just set out what I believe to be the risk, I personally would not want to risk a S146 notice but others may be prepared to.

    If non residents are regularly parking in residents’ spaces then I would expect the management company to introduce permit parking and ticketing.  If you are talking about an abandoned vehicle then I think there is process of putting an abandoned notice on the vehicle and in due course having it removed but it sounds as you have recently gone through this so probably know the process better than I do.


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    I have a reason for asking this question and after you have answered I will give you the reason way I asked It Essex


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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    I have been through this for real and what should be done is very different for what can be done

    You just cant get info on who owns a car and if you haven't got that your snookered

    all a Tenant has to say is I dont know who owns the car ???

    If you put an abandoned notice on it its useless all the car has to do is move for a few hours and then it comes back

    and then you have to start all over again

    The loopholes are huge and they could run a Landlord round in rings

    my own view is let sleeping dog lie



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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    You could use similar arguments if a leaseholder rented out their flat on AirBNB, how would you know?  What’s it got to do with the freeholder?  Except the problems it causes for other leaseholders.

    The opening post was about advertising a parking space on the borders of the city of London on a parking website, and not some discrete arrangement, which may then attract a variety of cars being parked and the drivers being seen to lock them and walk off.

    What is likely to happen is other residents will see it and either complain to the management company or think they will do something similar and whilst their parking space is rented out park in a visitors’ parking bay, very rapidly there are no visitor bays available and there is a general lack of parking for residents.

    You don’t need to know who owns the car, if it’s thought a parking bay is being advertised to rent a search on the internet of the specialist sites using the post code will show if it is, it’s the same as identifying flats being advertised on AirBNB.

    It’s also easy for freeholders to introduce parking permits, which tends to be supported by other residents, when available parking bays become scarce due to the type of private enterprise described.

    Where I have flats the management company would take action if parking spaces were seen to be rented out separately.  Flats frequently only have one allocated parking bay and increasingly flats have people with two cars so there is a shortage of parking bays without those available being rented out independently. 

    All that said, my initial comment was it’s likely to be a breach of the lease and there is a risk of the freeholder issuing a S146 notice, again the same as if the property was being advertised on AirBNB.


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    This topic is like every thing in property

    we have all had arrears and we all know how hard it can be to get possession

    Shelter are past masters on advising Tenants what to do to stop a Landlord getting possession

    personal I try to stay away from leagle situation unless I have to and have no other option



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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    We agree on trying to avoid a situation that may result in legal action.
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    Huge differences in what could be done and what would be done. Me I’d rent the spot out , be a bit choosy about who you let use it. Rent it on a weekly basis with one weeks notice to terminate. So long as their no nuisance caused who is ever going to know. Do you have to provide the freeholder/management of cars that might use the parking. About the only way you’d get caught out is if the parking is a nuisance or a resident gets all grumpy and complains. Either way if you get called out on the matter , just terminate your agreement.
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    Huge differences in what could be done and what would be done

    You are 100% right any savvy landlords could get past this type of issue

    Its not as easy to enforce as other believe it is

    other than sitting watching the car for days on end its hard to prove who owns a car

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    I would also point out that few use a garage for a car these days. When we rented out one garage (still rent out another) it has generally been for storage on the understanding the renter is liable for any damage etc. One was local business that stored shoes in the garage as they'd been paying three times the rate for storage that was three times more distant. We advertised at one rate and got so much interest we got the rate and a half. The other was a local charity that stored toys that they changed over periodically. We got given some pallets to raise the boxes off the floor but that was about it for adaptations. We checked on how often they'd be visiting, etc. For the business we said no deliveries to the garage and they were fine with that as they were not at the garage anyway, they'd get deliveries to their shop and then shuttle the stock in their car to the garage. Their insurer had a requirement for three locks and we just added two padlocks to the side of the garage door, simples.

    On a side note garages do come up for sale in my area periodically and they seem to make a great return, storage is so expensive these days.

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