This seems almost Surreal
Have been in my apartment for 2 years. For the entire time, my friend has been visitng me here 2 or 3 times a week, usually leaving at around 1 AM. One night of the weekeend, there is one Doorman who is not fit to be a Doorman. At 1 or 2 AM, people come & go, but he is often not there. He is off with his girlfriend usually, sometimes in his apartment, sometimes in a closed office. Not only are the doors to the building wide open & not guarded, but he keeps the keys to the cars that are parked in the GUEST parking area. If someone wants to get their keys, they have to wait for him. BUT the keys are kept right on his desk at the front door for anyone to take.
I have complained about him many times to the management. Other tenants have complained to me about him, but none have complained to management out of fear of retaliation. He is the Super's son.
One eevning, my friend left at 2 AM, and there was no Doorman to be found. She waited several minutes, looked in the office, walked around looking for him, but no success. So she decided she would take her own keys & leave. But her keys were not to be found. She finally found them, scattered along with several others, on a shelf of the Doorman's table. Next morning (SUNDAY) at 8 AM I get a call from the Doorman: "A guest of one of the tenants wants to go home but her keys are missing. Last night's doorman thinks he left the keys in your friend's car when he moved it. Can you call her & ask her to come back here (20 minute drive) and bring tehe keys. " I also have a note to that effect from the tenant slipped under my door. I call her - no keys in her car. She has her son look - no keys.
I go down to the Doorman's station & we are looking together. He finds keys that had gone missing some time ago, but not this one guest's. The Guest's husband had to drive 3 hours to bring her keys About an hour later, the Doorman finds the key on the floor behind the desk. I get Thank You note from the Tenant, and a few days later I find a gift from this tenant lying at my door for my troubles.
That Doorman no longer works here, and this week they installed security cameras in the area.
Fast forward a few weeks. Lease due for renewal. I sign it to renew for another year (It is generally a nice apartment - beter than anything in the area).
I see the Super in the Hall & he then says "Your friend has a problem with the Doormen I ask what he means & he replies that "She stole the keys." WHAT!!!!!!
Next time my friend shows up here, the Doorman (NOT the Offending Doorman as he no longer works here. The Doormen all know & like my friend and are always accomodating.), tells her that she is not allowed to park here on orders of management. This apartment borders a not-so-nice neighborhood, and there is a very steep, block long hill, unlit, to go up to get here. To not park here, she'd have to park blocks away & walk in the dark, at 1 AM (when she usually leaves). She is flabbergasted! I am incensed. The Doorman explains he doesn't know why, just his orders. On the wall right by his desk is a hand-written note with my apartment # on it saying my guests may not park in guest parking.
While the Doorman is telling her this she is debating with the Doorman (He eventually allowed her to park there, AFTER THE SUPER LEFT FOR THE NIGHT). At this time the Tenant who had thanked me & left me the gift sees my friend & severely verbally abuses & assaults her, screaming at her and calls her names, for stealing his guest's keys!
I write & call the management Co. Here is where it REALLY gets nuts.
They tell me that the Super told them that she stays overnight most nights so she is really a tenant & must therefore park in tenant's assigned parking. (In 2 years she has been there overnight 3X). The manager explains that it doesn't matter anyway, the apartment RULES state that anyone who parks more that twice a week is not a Guest but is a Tenant & must buy a tenant's spot. (So all the Home Care Aides who come regularly are not allowed to use Guest parking either? Well, they all do)I ask to see these rules, and she tells me they are not written, but I agreed to abide by the RULES when I signed the lease. I did - paragraph 27 says "RULES" and lists about 20 rules - this was not one of them. Nor is it in the Rider. Nor are the rules posted anywhere.
I am then told I have to call someone else at the management Co & rent a parking space for my friend at $100/mo. I didn't want to fight, and I just renewed for anoother year, so I said "what the heck, I'll buy a spot." But that person will not allow me to buy a 2nd spot because my friend is not on the lease. (This feels like something out of Alice In WOnderland) She cannot be on the lease - she lives elsewhere with her children. AND even if I would try to put her on the lease, it has been made clear that she will not be approved since she stole that guest's keys.
So my Guests cannot park here. There is NOTHING in the lease that guarantees Guest parking. I really cannot see anything in the lease that they are breaching - except maybe my "Quiet Enjoyment" that would give me legal rights to do something. Certainly they are treating me differently than every other tenant, but I don't think there is anything illegal about that unless it is done on racial, religious, etc. grounds. I suggested we try to mediate our dispute via a local community mediation group, but they won't do it - just saying "these are our rules." They are not regulated, other than by the laws of NY State (NOT New York CITY, where I would have rights).
So I feel I am stuck here another year, and every time my friend visits she does not know if she'll be able to park, or have to turn around & go home. I jsut want to stay here & have guests visit me like everyone else.