by Cora Bledsoe
I’m a renter. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I live in a decent apartment in a decent complex in a decent neighborhood in a decent city. My problem is with the experience as a whole. Take for example the latest note left at my apartment by “management”. Last Thursday, September 13th, I got home around 6pm. I left back out to run a few errands and upon returning I found I newly placed rolled up piece of paper at my door. The paper read:
Starting Wednesday the 12th, the leasing office will have parking passes available for pick up. Each unit will receive a number of parking passes equal to the number of people listed on their lease. Please pick up parking passes ASAP. Please display them either on the inside of your windshield or rear window. The towing company will check cars for parking passes. If you are having guests over, please pick up a guest pass in the clubhouse.
Woodland Mews Management
I take issue with this for a few reasons. First of all, the letter is dated the 11th for changes to take place on the 12th but was delivered on the 13th. Secondly, it seems that if I can’t make it to the leasing office to pick up my passes during the miniscule time frame I’m given, I’m at risk of having my car towed. Keep in mind the office hours are 9am-6pm during the week and they always seem to sneak out a few minutes early. Thirdly, what happens if I decide to have a guest over at 7pm, long after “management” has left the office? Are they at risk of being towed?
I think the reason for the new parking pass shenanigans is because our little corner of the city is overrun on Saturday mornings when the University of Michigan has home football games. All those fans need somewhere to park and we happen to live within walking distance of the Big House. But truthfully, this hasn’t been an issue since I’ve lived there and there are probably other better ways to deal with it if it becomes one.
This is a far cry from the diff and I hope other apartment communities deal with this supposed issue better than mine.
I’ve had to put up with episodes like these for a long time and I finally decided to become a homeowner because I was tired of having to adhere to “management’s” policies. No longer do I have to worry about mine or my visitors’ cars being towed. I don’t have to stick an ugly parking pass in my window and I don’t have to speed home after work only to find that I just missed “management” because they left before six that day.