DearCustomer- You would have to read your lease to see if there are any provisions for parking mentioned. If you are guaranteed a spot then the landlord would be in violation of the lease to change your place during the term of your lease. If the lease simply says you have the right to park in the lot and doesn't mention a guaranteed spot then management could impose restrictions or assign spaces.
If there is nothing mentioned as to parking then it would be on a first come, first serve basis. I agree it is unfair but this is why leases are so important and should cover all aspects of the rental.
David Kennett - JD - Attorney at Law
There are many more issues here than just parking spaces. First, the landlord can only raise the rent at the expiration of the lease and there is no requirement that everyone pay the same amount. It seems apparent that there is a problem between you and the landlord and that maybe the landlord is attempting to make it difficult for you.
Unless there is discrimination because of race, religion or some other protected area there's not much you can do. If you local city has an ordinance that requires handicapped parking you might be able force the landlord to provide you a special place but you would need a handicapped parking sticker to enforce that.
The fact that your lease provides for a space to park is good in that you at least are guaranteed of a place, albeit not always the one you want. Your rights are basically what is in your lease. The landlord cannot change the terms of your lease until it expires however at that time he can raise rents, change parking rules etc. What he does with the other tenants is irrelevant unless it impedes upon your right to your unit.
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