MonkeyParking App that let users sell parking spots shuts down following City Attorney objection


Back in May, we had told you about MonkeyParking, an app that let users make money by letting them sell their street parking spot to others when they left. The company behind the app today announced that they’d be shutting down operations in San Francisco.

The app allowed drivers leaving prime street parking spot to auction it off to other users of the app who are willing to pay anywhere from $5 to $20 so they don’t have to waste time or fuel circling the block to find one.

The move to shut down comes a few weeks after San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist letter to the startup that asked them to shut down as the app was in violation of city code.

SFExaminer reports:

City police code forbids individuals and companies from buying, selling or renting public parking spaces, and mandates fines of up to $300 for drivers who violate the law.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera gave MonkeyParking a July 11 deadline to shut down the app and simultaneously called on Apple to remove the app from its App Store. It was only available on iPhones.

MonkeyParking says “We are currently reviewing our service to clarify our value proposition and avoid any future misunderstandings.” The app is still available on the App Store, but it’s possible that the developers take it down until they resume services.

Were you a user of the MoneyParking app? What do you think about it being forced to shut down? Let us know in the comments.

[via SFExaminer]

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  • Erick121

    I find this unfair if someone wants to pay for a parking spot let them pay if you didn’t support it simply don’t download the app it was only a max of 20$ so no harm done

    • Foyzul Hassan

      I think the the app was in violation of selling/renting space that does not belong to the individual and is a property of the local authority. Things like this was always going incur the wrath of the authority. You can however rent out space that is yours, such as your driveway or garage that is on the land that your property deeds indicate. Providing you declare this extra income should it go above the tax threshold in your country.

  • John

    They should change the wording and service. Rather than charging someone for the spot, they should allow interested parties the ability to make a monetary donation to the individual who is parked in the spot and is “low on gasoline” and “needs the donation” to fuel up. The donation gives them the motivation to move their vehicle from the spot it currently occupies. Now, if someone coincidentally pulls in the spot after the individual proceeds to the gas station, what can you do?