MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rent prices are on the rise across the country and here in Memphis.
On top of rent, many are paying even more for parking than they didn't expect to pay all because where they live doesn’t have enough space for everyone.
"It's not enough room. They need to do something about it," Kevius Leonard said.
Residents at SoMa 23 Apartments say the building's parking lot is over capacity and their frustration is growing.
"We get tickets for parking on the street for somewhere we stay at, and my grandma has been staying here for over 10 years," one resident said.
The residents have permits to park in the complex's lot, but they say they often can't find a spot and are forced to park on the street. As a result, tenants are getting lots of tickets and in some cases, towed, which can cost as much as $160.
While this is an issue, it may not be the apartment building's fault. Shelby County Code Enforcement requires each single-family unit in a complex to have at least one parking space and two-family units to have at least two spaces.
However, apartments built before the rule took effect, about a decade ago, are exempt.
That would include the nearly 90-unit SoMa 23 Apartments which were built back in 1947.
Residents say management is working to secure a contract with the University of Tennessee to use their nearby parking garage.
ABC24 reached out to the building's management company for comment but we have not received a response yet.