Tenant uproar over assigned parking

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Q: I live in a 39-unit apartment complex where parking is becoming a real problem. Our building is older and was built with only a single parking space for each unit. Unfortunately, there are often several residents per apartment who own vehicles. In the past, everyone would just park on a first-come, first-served basis, with overflow parking on the street. But the new management company has implemented assigned parking. There is no charge, but the onsite manager is telling me and other tenants that we cannot use another tenant's space even with that person's permission. There is nothing in the lease about parking. This has become a very stressful issue with all of the tenants who have more than one vehicle. Is this legal? Do you have any suggestions? A: Parking is one of the most common challenges in rental housing and is particularly a problem with older apartment buildings. These communities were built when the zoning and building standards in many areas required parki...