Does a property require parking?

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Does a property require parking?

My father owns a house and it’s almost considered historic. Up until a few years ago a driveway was shared with the next door house, then a company tore the house down and took the driveway away saying it was part of their property. The house is a 4 unit rental and the street has no parking signs and no where to park for blocks. Isn’t there a requirement for properties to have parking somewhere? We asked the city for parking passes for the street but they want each tenant to pay a monthly fee for them to not receive tickets, which they still occasionally still get by mistake.

Asked on February 19, 2019 under Real Estate Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, there is no legal requirement for a property (real estate) to have parking--and certainly, we have all seen real estate that does not come with parking. The city does not need to let you or your tenants have a parking spot, and can charge for parking permits or the equivalent. (Note: if zoning or municipal housing/building regulations require parking, that puts the onus or obligation on the property owner to create parking; it does not require the municipality to provide parking to the property owner.)
It would be a good idea to have the property properly surveyed, to see if perhaps the driveway was in part or whole yours.

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