Team 10 finds landlords in violation of parking code all over San Diego

Code states tenants must get off-street parking

SAN DIEGO - Team 10 found landlords all over San Diego violating a city law and it's messing up parking for the rest of us.

Maureen Powers has lived at the beach for four years and loves almost everything about it.

"I live a block from the beach so it's pretty perfect," said Powers.

She said it's perfect except for the parking.

"It's a challenge finding street parking around here living so close to the beach," said Powers.

Her landlord provides two spots for her unit.

"We are really lucky because that's really rare around here," said Powers.

Team 10 learned her landlord is following the law that so many others break.

Under San Diego Municipal Code, Chapter 14, Article 2, Division 5, tenants must be provided off-street parking in all single-family and multi-family residences.

According to code, a studio up to 400 square feet gets one space, a one bedroom gets 1.5 spaces, a two-bedroom apartment gets two spaces, and a five-bedroom gets 2.25 parking spaces.

"It could be the most violated section of the municipal code," said property manager Mike Stevens.

Stevens said a lot of landlords and property management companies take the garages they are required to give to tenants and rent them out as storage for extra income or convert them illegally into units.

He said the tenants are forced to park on the street, leading to cars parked illegally in alleyways, and this leads to little or no parking for visitors or other residents.

"It has a dramatic effect of the quality of neighborhoods," said Stevens.

Team 10 found this happening all over San Diego in Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, with dozens of postings for garages for rent on Craigslist.

Team 10 members also found a garage with a "for rent" sign in an alley in Pacific Beach and learned it was $175 a month to rent with a $350 deposit.

"That's a violation because that parking space was actually designated to be used by the tenant," said Code Compliance Senior Civil Engineer Tony Khalil.

The landlord was given a warning but could face a fine of up to $100 per day if the violation continues.

Stevens believes a big problem is that residents have to report property managers to code compliance in order to get action.

Stevens wants more education for apartment owners and companies, including a notice explaining the parking requirements.

Khalil said they have to rely on the public instead of doing random checks because they have to research the housing code and records of every complaint.

Khalil said some of the much older buildings are grandfathered in and the code doesn't apply to them.

Click here if you want to report a parking violation to code compliance.

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