Article Courtesy of CBS Channel 4
By David Sutta
Published May 17, 2017
For as long as condo associations have existed there have been issues with
parking, rentals and people breaking rules.
It is a constant struggle for property managers. That is until now. A software
engineer may have stumbled upon a foolproof solution.
For the first time in years, Josh Travieso feels like he’s finally gotten the
upper hand in his condo association.
“I’m very happy, our residents are happy,” Travieso said.
They’ve seen it all: parking abusers, landlords renting units on a weekly basis,
and renters getting roommates without association background checks.
“Nobody knows who they are. They haven’t been interviewed. They haven’t gone
through our application process and so forth,” said Travieso.
He spent years searching for a solution and then he discovered a neighboring
community used something called ParkingBoss.
“We were like this is the way to go. This is going to resolve all our issues,”
Nathan LeMesurier, co-founder of ParkingBoss, came across the concept while
trying to fix a problem with guest parking at his own condo.
“We set out to solve one little problem in guest parking. And now we are solving
problems for apartment communities. We are solving problems for Airbnb and condo
communities. Things we just had no idea that we were solving and we did it,”
Here’s how it works.
Residents and guests register their license plates with
The association approves registered residents to park
indefinitely. Guests though are limited to just a few days.
A security guard does random checks of the parking lot.
Using the ParkingBoss’ website, the guard checks that
each license plate is approved to park.
If they are not, the window gets a shiny new violation
Twenty-four hours later it can be towed
Cypress Bend V in Pompano Beach fired up the system up on March 1st.
“The first week we were tagging about 10-12 cars a night,” said Travieso.
Now the system rarely flags someone, meaning everyone is complying. During the
launch of the program though, Travieso said they discovered more than 20
undocumented renters. Renters that have since registered with the association.
“I don’t think we have a problem anymore. It’s been pretty much taken care of,”
Maria Barbat, a property manager for Campbell Property Management, has become a
real believer in the system.
“I think this a great tool. It really has forced people to register,” Barbat
She encourages other property managers to adopt the system, a system she
believes to be fool proof.
“This particular system. They cannot copy it and the registration is done
through a website, and only certain people have access. So there is no real way
around it,” she said.
From a user experience, Barbat said it was a breeze to use.
“I think it’s very easy. It’s very user-friendly. The unit owners can register
themselves and it’s very minimum information that they have to input,” she said.
And word is spreading fast. ParkingBoss has been around a few years but in
recent weeks their phones have been ringing off the hook.
“I think we’ve been contacted by about 80 different HOA’s. We are used to
getting about half a dozen, a dozen calls a week,” said LeMesurier.
Could it be they have discovered the kryptonite for condo parking and renting
woes? Travieso thinks so.
“If other associations are having issues, this is the solution, and it’s very
economical. It’s not going to break the bank,” Travieso said.
Of course, the alternative would be to put up a guard gate and have a security
guard, but that would cost thousands of dollars. ParkingBoss runs $200-$300 a
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