Rachel’s dilemma about whether to ask her neighbor to pay for using her parking spot raises questions about fairness, entitlement, and the importance of communication and compromise in shared living spaces.
Two Space Allocation
A woman named Rachel lives in a small apartment building with friendly neighbors and a two-parking spot allocation, which she doesn’t use since her roommate moved out in the fall.
No Big Deal
Rachel soon noticed that one of her neighbors had started renting out a bedroom and her tenant began parking in Rachel’s spot since it was always empty. Rachel didn’t make a big deal out of it, thinking it was just short-term and she had the tenant’s number if she ever needed the spot.
However, when the tenant continued parking in Rachel’s spot into January and often parked in such a way that she took up both of Rachel’s spots, Rachel began to feel like she was being taken advantage of. She pays more rent than the tenant and feels like she should have the right to use her allocated parking spots.
Would it be Unfair?
Rachel was hesitant to kick out someone who lives in the building, but she was considering seeing if someone who worked nearby wanted to rent the spot. However, she felt like it would be unfair to ask the tenant to pay for something she had been using for free.
Maybe She’s the Jerk
Rachel wondered if she was the jerk for wanting to ask her neighbor to pay to use her parking spot. She acknowledged that she didn’t technically need the money, but it was more about the principle of the thing for her.
Rachel’s story highlights the challenges of living in a shared space and the importance of communication and compromise in resolving conflicts. It also raises questions about fairness and entitlement, and the gray area between being assertive and being a jerk.
Weight Of Her Needs
Ultimately, Rachel will have to weigh her own needs and principles against the tenant’s financial situation and the practical realities of parking in their building. It’s a tricky situation, and one that will require careful consideration and communication to resolve.
Straight to the Internet
Rachel didn’t know how to move forward with this situation. She was unsure if she could ask her neighbor to pay rent for the space but also didn’t want them using it for free. She decided to turn to the internet for some advice.
The Internet Responded
This commenter responded, “It’s your parking spot included in your rent. Depending on your lease agreement you may or may not be able to sublet the parking spot. But talk to your landlord about it. They can mediate this issue, after all your neighbor is their tenant not yours. Doesn’t sound like you will get any further with your neighbor directly.”
More Internet Responses
Another person commented, “Even if you decided to get them towed you’d be within rights. Mail a certified letter informing that these are your spots and starting x date you will have any that use your spots towed at owners expense. Then stick to it.”
A Final Comment
This last person responded by saying, “but are you sure your lease gives you the right to sublet your parking spaces? Do you ever have guests? If the answer is yes or if you might possibly any time in the near future get your own vehicle then you are on solid ground to tell them to stay out of your spaces. Talk to your landlord. You should either have the free use of the spaces or they should give you a break on rent to give one/both up.”
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