Since March, we've been renting an amazing house on Indiana between Lincoln and 7th. We just found out that our secure, gated parking (one spot) is going to be sectioned off and given to the tenants in the back house due to the sale of the spot next door they were previously using. In a nutshell, this is going to force us to now park on the street. Two questions: How plentiful is street parking during the busy summer months here? I know it gets terrible closer to the beach, but not sure about this street/neighborhood. It seems like it's fine lately. Second: how much would you consider an appropriate amount for a decrease in rent due to this change? We currently pay top dollar for this super great house but our lease includes the parking spot and this secure space was part of the deal. Advice?
July 8, 2010
If it's a legal duplex and the structure was built prior to 1978 (?) it would fall under the rent control ordinance of Los Angeles and the landlord cannot change the terms of the tenancy like removing your parking space.
1. Do your due diligence and find out if this house's foundation was laid down prior to 1978 (?). If it was remodeled recently it still would fall under the rent control laws. If it's totally new construction then it does not fall under the rent control statue.
Whether or not it is rent controlled the landlord still can't take the parking space away if it's in the lease.
Parking on the street in Venice is not advisable when you have off street parking.
Off street parking is worth whatever you can get. My neighbor get $ 500 per month.
February 25, 2010
I've lived in that very block for 30 years, and for 25 of those years, I had nothing but street parking. Never any problems except on street cleaning days, and rarely then. For whatever reason, the last five years there have been far more cars parking on the block: residents, not visitors. My only explanation is that in the recession, people are doubling up on living space, and they all have cars. Personally, I installed an Italian garden in the back and awarded myself off-street parking while I was at it, and now I'm really glad I did. Parking was never this tough before. If you can strongarm your way into keeping your off-street space, do it.
January 20, 2012
October 7, 2010
The issue is not so much in finding a parking space, or street cleaning – you can live with those. The issue is that your car is going to bet beat to hell parking on the streets in Venice.
Bottom line, the idiots that flock here on the weekends are stoned when they're behind the wheel half the time, and will back into, run into and otherwise abuse your car.
In the 4 years I've owned my classic 70's Firebird, I've been run into at least a dozen times by people parking. They've toasted my front and back bumpers repeatedly – and even managed to sideswipe me. A few times I managed to be lucky enough to catch them and make them pay for the damage, but a lot of times they just drove off.
In addition, I've had people run into it on skateboards and bounce balls off it.
If your car is a beat up wreck so a bunch of dents and scratches won't matter – you won't have too much of a problem. If your car is nice, I feel sorry for you. Parking on the streets of Venice and keeping your car nice just isn't realistic. Too many assholes.
If you love your car – fight for your parking space!