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Websites Help You Rent Out Your Driveway

First there was Craigslist. Then other more specialized websites arrived to make it easier to rent out your spare bedroom, vacation home, or even your car. A new category to catch on in the Northwest allows drivers to reserve a parking spot in someone else's driveway.

The concept is pretty simple says Alex Stephany, London-based CEO of the website

"The idea is just if you have a parking space or driveway that is not being used some of the time, you can let someone else use it and you can make some money in the process."

Stephany says his company did not specifically target the Pacific Northwest for expansion. Enterprising homeowners around the region found his website or one of its competitors on their own.

"The most successful property owners on tend to be around sports stadia -- like say, Husky Stadium in Seattle - or around airports."

Stephany says parking spot owners are responsible for figuring out if the transaction is allowed in their neighborhood. Some Northwest cities have legalized residential off-street parking rentals, but in others it's so new the rules are unclear.

On the Web: 
Parking Panda
Underground Parking: The black market, apps, and the future of car storage - Sightline Daily 

Now semi-retired, Tom Banse covered national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reported from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events unfolded. Tom's stories can be found online and were heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.