To ask what you'd do? Warning - PARKING thread!!

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spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 07:40:47

Some new neighbours moved in next door about 2 months ago. We both share a carport and have two parking spaces each which are one in front of the other, i.e. for both of us to get 2 cars in we have to drive through the carport and the 2nd one parks behind it. Both houses have 2 cars. So far so good.

We live on a new estate and apart from our drive, there is literally NOwhere else to park apart from doing something silly like parking on a roundabout!

The problem is that when the neighbours moved in they had some stuff which they put under the carport, leaning against their house, which severely reduced the space available for both cars. They started off by parking their car somewhere else and walking a few streets (i guess?) to get back home but recently they've started parking under the carport and not leaving us enough room to get through. DH and I both work full-time and our hours mean we always arrive home after the neighbours. I'm also 33w pregnant so there's no way I can squeeze in/out of a tight space at the moment - literally the only way to get out of our car if we can get it onto the drive is to jump in/out of the boot.

We asked the neighbour if they could try and stay on their side and explained why, they apologised and they said that they were just waiting to sell the furniture and then it'd get moved and in the meantime they'd try and park more fully under their "half" of the carport. However this was a month ago and nothing has changed. I'm having to leave my car at a friend's house and walk 3 streets back home each day and DH can park there but is having to get in/out via the boot of his car as both their cars go over our driveway. We've told them this but this time they got grumpy with us and asked us what to do with the furniture - we said store it somewhere else/get a shed but they didn't like those ideas...

WWYD? There's no way of us getting home first to "claim" the space as our work hours are totally inflexible. Are they even legally doing anything wrong?! Help! I want to be able to park on my driveway and if this carries on when baby's here I think I'll go mad sad

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 07:42:17

Btw the reason I've not involved police/pcso etc is because technically our drive isn't blocked - we just literally can't get in/out of our cars if we park there!

Tailtwister Mon 14-Jan-13 07:45:00

I would go round and mention it again. If they can't move the furniture to park properly on their own side, then they need to park elsewhere. Do you have any particular details in the deeds for the house about it?

IMO they are taking the piss by making your side unusable.

littlewhitebag Mon 14-Jan-13 07:45:26

If you own your house then they are parking on your land. Could you get some kind of rope barrier to put down the middle of the carport so your space is kept free and making them park elsewhere?

chicaguapa Mon 14-Jan-13 07:46:08

I'd put something on the driveway to prevent them parking on your side, like cones. Though I know they could move them. But something like that.

ledkr Mon 14-Jan-13 07:47:48

Is their house rented? Can you contact the landlord?
What selfish arses?
Have you ever been there first like at the weekend?
What happens then!

fuckadoodlepoopoo Mon 14-Jan-13 07:50:45

Have you tried knocking each and every time? Rather than your dh climb out the boot you could go and knock and tell them to move their car. Every single time. Or he could stop the car on the drive, leave engine running, go and knock and explain that they need to move their car over right now otherwise he won't be able to get out of the car once he's parked it.

After a few times of this you'd hope they would change their ways because it would be inconveniencing them as much as it does you.

Or can you park so that your car isn't in the furthest back of your spaces but the next one up (leaving a gap) so you might end up blocking their first car in a bit? Ifyswim?

If you can't get in and out of your car how do they manage to get in and out of theirs?

Is their any sort of boundary you can put up to divide the spaces?

They sound like selfish arses by the way!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 14-Jan-13 07:52:49

So they're not on their side? They're on their side but right up to the boundary? Meaning you can't get out the car.

Legally they're probably not doing anything wrong. Sounds like the car port isn't wide enough if you have to rely on part of your neighbours space been clear so you can open the car door.

But they're not been very neighbourly. Can you buy the furniture off them and then skip it? Arrange a leak from the roof so the furniture gets soaked and needs skipping? Wait till they're out and tip it and deny all knowledge? grin

Ok last two ideas prob not so good.

Pseudo341 Mon 14-Jan-13 07:52:50

Go round and have another word. They are blocking your parking if you can't get in or out of your car. Forcing you to park further away and walk just so that they can store some furniture is exceptionally rude, especially in your condition.

Fairylea Mon 14-Jan-13 07:53:19

I think I'd actually take the day off and when they are out I'd remove all their furniture and leave it on their doorstep. If it is on your side you are perfectly in your rights to do this and you've asked them twice now. Cover it with something so they can't complain about weather damage.

What exactly is it anyway ??

Do they know some councils will remove large items for a small fee as opposed to skipping it if it's not selling ?.

Fairylea Mon 14-Jan-13 07:54:23

Fuckadoodles idea is also very good.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 14-Jan-13 07:54:33

And if they are coming onto your side I'd send them a letter telling them you'll be taking legal action if they continue.

I think the knock every time they block you in approach is the best way. The fact you are pg too should jiggle the guilt a bit!

Parking is one of the only things that raises my DHs blood pressure! I understand your frustrations!

Tabliope Mon 14-Jan-13 08:02:31

Presumably if you're 33 weeks pregnant you'll be on maternity leave soon. If they haven't sorted it by then I'd make sure I got my own back by doing the same - you'll be at home or day. Not nice but they obviously couldn't give a shit about being neighbourly.

Is it not possible to reverse in - is there really no room either side?

I'd park in front of them if it was me so that they had to come and ask you to move - if they complained I'd just say cheerily 'your choice mate, move the furniture or come and ask me to move every time'.

At no point would I have parked away from the house or climbed through the boot - acting like this encourages people to take the piss out of you.

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:18:03

Ok so far I like the idea of asking them to move every time - will try that. The other thing to worry about is that when DSS is with us he has unfortunately developed a habit of swinging the door open really suddenly without looking at what's outside - DH's door has been smashed against a brick wall a few times. Really don't want him to do this and damage the neighbour's car instead.

With regard to barriers - there's literally nothing to fix a barrier to and also we can't build anything extra due to some laws about being there for a certain number of years before adapting the property. Plus I really don't want to spend money on something that is not my fault...

Also cannot block them in as there's always 2 cars on their drive by the time I get home and also cannot get time off work - am a teacher.

The issue is that they are parking slightly on our side - if there were a line down the middle then their tyres would be on it. The carport is not the biggest but we always made it work with the old neighbours and their cars were much wider than the new ones.

The furniture is a dining table and chairs.

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:18:58

And I can't park in front of them - I'd block 3 other neighbours getting in as we live at the entrance to a cul-de-sac type road.

ledkr Mon 14-Jan-13 08:19:05

Can you put up done kind of boundary like a lightweight chickeneire fence down the middle?
You need to sort this before you have the baby

SavoyCabbage Mon 14-Jan-13 08:30:19

Unfortunately I have more experience in this than I would like. sad From experience. When it was happening to us it escalated terribly.

Even though it's not fair, I would avoid falling out with them as it will make your life very difficult.

If they are parking close to the boundary, or on the boundary, and not over it then you can't do anything legally. They are being inconsiderate twats, but not breaking the law.

Have you the info from the land registry to check exactly what you own?

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:30:40

No - there's nothing to secure the fence to as the carport literally consists of a roof between the two houses - no downward poles or anything sad

The way we can tell where halfway is is where the point of the roof is!

Can you put anything into the ground, like spikes and hang chain off it?

OwlCatMouse Mon 14-Jan-13 08:34:14

We had a similar problem with our neighbour. She'd park right on the boundary of her drive, over it sometimes, meaning that ours was very narrow. When v pg I really struggled.

I just had to remind her, over and over again. What worked was DP parking the car in the evening, and then in the morning knock on and ask her to move the car, so I could get in. She got the message when she saw me struggling to open the door to even get my bag in!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 14-Jan-13 08:34:37

Can you hang something down from the roof eg chicken wire?

milf90 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:40:58

I agree with keep knocking, good luck!

PurplePidjin Mon 14-Jan-13 08:41:52

Go round the charity shops and buy the biggest pair of curtains you can find. The go to the haberdasher and get a load of curtain weights. Sew the weights to the bottom of the curtain - 1 every 6" should do - and hang the curtain from the roof beam.

And knock every single time!

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