Service Makes It Easier To Rent Out Your Driveway Parking Spots

We’ve already got online services for renting out our apartments or homes when we’re gone, or even borrow a strangers’ car — so why not use the Internet to rent out your driveway for parking? A new site does just that, giving people who live near airports, stadiums, movie theaters and more a chance to make some cash from their conveniently located homes.

GeekWire reports on ParkatmyHouse, a service that matches up drivers and property owners in Seattle. It’s already a popular thing to do in Europe, and they’vee expanded to New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. already.

Chief Operating Officer Alex Stephany says they’re simply providing a solution that works for everyone — those who have to live near popular venues and those who need to find parking.

“Our model of pre-booked parking eliminates the huge amount of traffic and car pollution caused by circling,” he said Stephany, referring to that annoying amount of time you spend constantly driving around to find parking.

It’s free to list a spot, and those who take advantage of the driveway spots (or in some cases, church parking lots or other businesses with room to spare) can save up to 70% per spot compared to meters or parking garages.

My parents’ house is located near the park in our town that hosts the Fourth of July festivities, and ever year he moves their cars to the street in case anyone we know needs a spot in the driveway. Time to make some cash, Pop!

ParkatmyHouse: Ready to rent out your driveway? [GeekWire]

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  1. Cat says:

    You can rent out pretty much anything online these days, can’t you?

    Well, except for your own genitals.

    • shepd says:

      How many roses will that be?

    • Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

      You can only trade genitals to cover living arrangements and food expenses.

    • Hi_Hello says:

      you can rent it out to a production team making online home video clips.

    • rpm773 says:

      “I’d like these back in 2 weeks, please”

      And I never saw them again…

    • Jimmy60 says:

      I thought renting out your genitals was the world’s oldest profession.

    • alana0j says:

      I guess you’ve never read the personals on Craigslist…. :-O

    • bluline says:

      I read about a farmer who had an open field next to a high school. When the school started drug-testing students who drove to school and parked on school property, the farmer gave away parking space in the field for free. The school administration was pissed because it enabled students to avoid the test and still drive to school, but there was nothing they could do about it.

  2. Hi_Hello says:

    I can see problems with people parking at other people’s driveway because they saw someone else did it…

    and homeowner coming out and shooting drivings who approach their driveway…

    • George4478 says:

      You have any citation of a homeowner shooting someone because they were “approaching their driveway”?

      It’s not like guns, cars, driveways, or homeowners are new things. Your concern sounds very Chicken Little-ish to me.

  3. gman863 says:

    Take away the Internet part and this practice is as old as dirt.

    People within a few mile radius of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been doing this for decades every May (and now also July with the Brickyard 400).

    • Coleoptera Girl says:

      It happens on game days around big name universities, too, without the aid of the internet.

      Although, I’d LOVE to rent a driveway from someone during the school year so I can avoid having to drive extra to save money… Parking spaces on campus are expensive and over-sold.

  4. CalicoGal says:

    Sign up with Facebook?? Gah! I hate that!!!

  5. demona667 says:

    Last summer when the City of Long Beach, NY hosted the Quicksilver Pro surfing competition many people made a mint renting their driveways out for parking. Especially for RV’s, because there is no RV parking on city streets.

  6. GrimJack says:

    Any given day from June through September in Hyannis, MA near the ferry dock to Nantucket/Martha’s Vineyard…. there is very limited parking near the waterfront for ferry walk-ons (and the round trip fare for cars is over $250 and booked up month’s in advance on certain days). Every house within a quarter mile of the dock sells space in their driveway, yard, or dining room for cars to park…

    The ‘overflow’ parking for the ferry (ie. 90% of it in the summer) is miles away with a bus ride through summer traffic (ie. 30 minutes to go 3 miles)…

    • demona667 says:

      Dining room?

      • GrimJack says:

        The kids can eat in the kitchen for the money we’ll be raking in! Really, I sometimes wonder if the long-time residents (ie. no mortgage) can pay their property tax solely by revenues from people parking their $50k SUVs in their yard for the 3 month high season…

  7. Doubting thomas says:

    People outside the State Fair of TX have been doing this as long as I can remember. Then when your battery gets stolen out of your car they are happy to sell one just like it to you at a mere 500% mark-up.

  8. sspeedracer says:

    I used to do this all the time in Newport Beach CA. One time some “enterprising” person sold parking spaces in the church parking lot adjacent to the beach. $20 x 60 = $1200 in a mater of minutes. Problem was it was Sunday morning a couple of hours before service ….. and he didn’t work for the church.

    • RandomHookup says:

      Maybe he worked for the towing company that was called to empty the parking lot!

      Win…Win