I have overcome the impulse to solve things by letting one of them stash a car in our driveway.
I can’t help it, I have a pathological need to Make Things Work.
I managed by reminding myself about just how inconvenient that would actually be.
Since one person would then have the building driveway, and the other a shared driveway down the block.
And it would be difficult to charge for parking, to make up for the nuisance of shifting cars, since the other tenant had a free space.
As the youngest of five kids, I also worship at the altar of What Is Fair.
We can’t charge for the other space because of rent control.
You can’t add on a charge for a thing a tenant already gets for free, since that is an effective rent hike.
And it also would be difficult to charge because it is a sucky driveway.It is really just the space between the street and the door to the old garage.
It isn’t really long enough for most cars, and if your car hangs over onto the driveway, you can be ticketed.
So the upstairs kids were using it only for one car, since the other was too long.
The garage itself is too little to use for parking.
I guess in 1920 or so, cars were smaller.
It’s so narrow you couldn’t open car doors inside it, and it’s not very long either.
The original overhead door was too decayed for safe use, even before Jannes drove a rented car into it (ouch).
So we semi-illicitly turned it into a fixed wall, with a door inset, to make it accessible as storage, and extra space mostly for the first floor tenant.
(Jannes was brewing beer in there.)
So what I am now waiting to hear about is how long this borrowed car is.
Because how loudly are they going to scream if they are ticketed.
Which reminds me, since Tom did the apartment showing without me, I probably need to email them about the getting-ticketed possibility.
They didn’t have a car when they applied for it, so I’m not sure how thoroughly Tom rapped it all down.
And I have to be sure than we have warned them of the possibility, so they won’t come after us for the cost of the ticket.
(Tenants are a Bad Lot at times)