Northern Beaches Council parking permits for sale and fetching hundreds of dollars
THEY might just be the most expensive pens going around right now, and if you're a lucky seller a deal could score you up to $200 in some places.
Each year council rate notices are sent out to residents and moments later ads offering up unwanted parking permits are posted online.
The ads often feature a photo of the permit with a pen placed alongside, it's a habit locals have adopted to sidestep council's conditions of not selling the permits.
"Looking for a special pen that gives access to beach parking. Looking for one around Narrabeen and surrounds, would love to pick up this week. Thanks," a recent post to the Facebook group '2101 Community Page - Narrabeen, North Narrabeen, Elanora Ingleside' showed.
Council's conditions on the back of the permit say it it "is not transferable between vehicles and not for resale". But, for some people, it's a chance to make a quick buck.
The Northern Beaches Review conducted a quick search online and found dozens of parking permits up for sale on Facebook, Gumtree and ebay.
One seller on Gumtree had 11 parking permits for sale at $160 each. That's a whopping $1760 if the seller gets the price they're looking for.
"Multiple available. Prices are firm. Pick up Dee Why 2099, or can post at buyer's expense," the ad stated.
Domain Residential real estate property manager Fiona Carfrae said around 50 per cent of landlords keep the permit for themself, while the rest pass it to their tenants.
"Each year we ask landlords how they want the permits to be distributed," she said. "More tenants than ever expect to receive them, but it's up to the landlord.
"They are in demand and a lot of landlords have friends and family who want them."
Northern Beaches Council CEO Ray Brownlee said council investigates reports of illegal disposal of permits and it has contacted some of the online sites that host the sales of them.
"To reduce the misuse of permits, council's long-term solution to this issue is a digital system linked to vehicle registrations," he said. "Our aim is to have a digital system in place in the financial year 2022/23."
Mr Brownlee said while council encourages landlords to pass permits on to tenants, there is no requirement to do so.
"Tenants have the option of purchasing permits directly from Council after showing proof of residency," he said.
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