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Neighbours Pushchairs Blocking Access To My Front Door!!

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possum18 Tue 23-Jul-13 00:11:13

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I have just moved into a groundfloor flat with one Ground Floor neighbour and 2 Upstairs neighbours. They ALL have very young children (One has 3) and all leave their pushchairs in the (TINY) downstairs communal hallway. The flat I have moved into was vacant for 6+months and they all got used to leaving their pushchairs in the hallway and in my flat's Doorway.
The Issue is that I now live there and they are still leaving 4/5 large pushchairs outside my front door (literally in my doorway) and in the hall. On my first day living here one friendly neighbour said she would speak to the others and moved her pushchair. This was great for 3 days until they were all back (including hers!!!!) HELP!!??

BlackeyedSusan England Tue 23-Jul-13 11:27:42

you can buy pushchairs that weigh 5kg (single) or 7.5 kg (double) so they are easy to get up the stairs.

Crikey, how rude of them, I would be tempted to put them in front of the other door and possibly near the bottom of the stairs, but for safety probably go with the welcome mat and obnoxiously large plant pots grin

holidaysarenice Wed 24-Jul-13 00:47:23

This happened in our flat, it went from one buggy, to a bugaboo, a stroller, a buggy board, a scooter and a toddler bike!!!! All belonging to one lazy assed resident on the first floor.

Everyone else carried theirs up the stairs.

Eventually I lost the plot falling over kids crap that I soaked the lot one night... Plain water...no damage.

I thoroughly enjoyed it tho....and she shifted her crap.

lessonsintightropes Wed 24-Jul-13 01:17:06

Before getting too PA/anxious about it, I'd try having a word with them each individually. Give it a week, and if things aren't changing, try a note.

I think something like,

"Hi [neighbour's name], As you know, we've moved into the flat nearest the entrance door and have been here for a few weeks now. It's been great to meet the neighbours and we're really keen to meet people and settle in. Just a small point, but the prams left outside our front door make it hard for me to get in with shopping/get our own pram in/something else, please could you fold up your prams and take them to your own flat? I realise this is a change because our flat had been empty a while, but it's becoming a real problem for me. Hope you understand and can help make it easier for us all using the communal entrance.

Thanks, Possum 18"

If they don't comply within a few days, I'd try knocking on a few times to talk first and then if no luck another note saying something like,

"Hi, I've tried to talk to you a few times about the issues caused by prams in the communal hallway. I'm really sorry we've not been able to resolve it, but I think I don't really have any other option now than to speak to the management agent. I'd be very keen to avoid this, if you could stop doing it then I won't write to the agent until xxxx date. Again, I'm really doing everything I can, but this is making access in and out of our flat really problematic. etc"

If they don't respond to this, then you've every right to call in the agent/fire brigade, but give people a chance first. What an irritating situation.

lessonsintightropes Wed 24-Jul-13 01:17:51

And if they carry on ninja action like holiday's would be perfect!

Didactylos Wed 24-Jul-13 01:23:15

or you could just ebay the lot....
prams? what prams

MidniteScribbler Wed 24-Jul-13 02:29:38

Tie them all together with a very complicated system of knots all looped up together. If it takes them an hour to get them free every morning they might get the hint.

KeatsiePie Algeria Wed 24-Jul-13 05:58:55

What happened to that amazing pram/bikes thread that had the photo of the tiny entrance hall? Might be some good advice there, I think it got sorted out okay.

CSIJanner Wed 24-Jul-13 07:05:20

You could print this out and warn them that a fire inspection will happen very soon?

Pramgate is here - the incredible non-folding but yet it does because the owners couldn't be tasted to find out how pram.

MiaowTheCat Wed 24-Jul-13 08:27:23

Start a website - you park your pram like a cunt. com?

Salmotrutta Wed 24-Jul-13 08:50:38

I'd probably be very very grumpy about something like this.

My way of dealing with it would be to sling them all on top of each other in a big pile in a corner.

If You've already spoken to them about hell mend them I say.

MiaowTheCat Wed 24-Jul-13 09:01:11

If they have quick release wheels... release them all!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Wed 24-Jul-13 09:18:14

Stack them up, in front of their doorways. Like jenga, but with prams.

When we rented people would put their bikes in the hallway. Eventually someone (the freeholder I think) noticed and soon after an amendment to the contract came round stating that no bikes were to be kept in communal areas.

Fairylea Wed 24-Jul-13 09:31:52

Start charging them for parking smile

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