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I want to smash my neighbour's buggy

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DodieDoo Mon 09-Sep-13 09:04:21

There are two flats in our building, us on the lower floor up a short flight of stairs and our neighbours above us up the continuing stair case.
They have a 3 year old, we have a four month old. We own and have lived here 6 years, they rent and have lived there 2.5 years.
They obviously knew when they moved in that they had a child and that their flat was upstairs, yet they didn't take into consideration that they don't want to carry a buggy up and down stairs so they decided to keep it in the very small area at the bottom of the stairs which obstructs the front door and stairs. (Lease says nothing can be stored in communal areas).
At first my partner and I were considerate and let them whilst their child was small but whilst I was pregnant I found it very hard to squeeze past and we felt that as their kid was at walking age that we should ask them to move it out the hall. They didn't. We asked again. They didn't. Its a fold up that they dont fold up, so we did and put it as much out of the way as possible. They kicked off for touching their stuff. We told the management company who asked them to move it. They did for a week. Then my son was born so it was harder to get past we asked them to move it. They didn't. We went to the management company again. They still didn't.
We keep our buggy in our flat but need to 'set it up' in hall which I only just had space to do. Until yesterday when I found they had just got a new 'off roader' with massive wheels and takes up even more space so I'm pretty much now penned in or have to face an argument when I want to go out.

Am I being unreasonable wanting to take a hammer to the b****rd thing and/or wanting to have them evicted??

They are lucky I'm not expecting again but I think the hormones would send me over the edge!!

SilverStreak7 Mon 09-Sep-13 09:09:55

No I do not think you are unreasonable .. The people are selfish , this is clear . However, Im not sure you should want them evicted as you do not know their circumstances and that could cause them, and their dc hardship for all you know .. Neighbors ay ?

Yabu for wanting to damage their property.

Not sure why the status of your home ownership as opposed to their renting is significant.

Keep reporting and keep asking. There's nothing else you can do tbh. Some people are just inconsiderate dicks.

RobotHamster Mon 09-Sep-13 09:13:49

Can you start parking it at the bottom of their stairs? They might get the message then.

racmun Mon 09-Sep-13 09:14:01

Can you wait until they go out and then park your buggy there? Petty but that might give then the message.

If not keep pestering the man co to do something about it.

My blood would boil also

GeneHuntsMistress Mon 09-Sep-13 09:15:00

Do you have an alternative means of escape in an emergency? That would worry the hell out of me.

You need to get the management company to deal with pronto.

KoalaFace Mon 09-Sep-13 09:16:34

Keep reporting. You can only justifiably go through the official channels.

Kick up a fuss with the management company if they are not handling the situation. Do not engage with the neighbours.

And try to keep things in perspective (I know its hard!) because you have a new baby and a home and you seem lucky in lots of ways!

noblegiraffe Mon 09-Sep-13 09:17:25

Push it out the front door, say you needed the room to get your buggy in, and forgot to bring it back in. Terribly sorry.

bundaberg Mon 09-Sep-13 09:17:35

keep reporting it to the management company. if it says in the lease that nothing can be stored then nothing can be stored. imagine if you all needed to get out quickly in a fire fgs and they had a massive buggy in the way?

ridiculous. just keep on at management and hopefully they'll get the message

Hegsy Mon 09-Sep-13 09:18:52

Complain to the management company, take photos, report to council and continually move it to their front door. YASoooNBU Inconsiderate bastarding neighbours are the reason we are moving to an end terrace with a huge drive.

I guess their homeownership makes it harder to just move, whereas the renters knew when they took the flat that there was no storage there and already had a child but took the flat anyway.

I think the only thing you can do is keep on reporting it.

CSIJanner Mon 09-Sep-13 09:20:31

YANBU for feeling angry. YABU if you act on it and smash it, no matter how satisfying.

Report to the management again. Keep a diary if needs be. Official channels are better and means that they deal with the neighbours instead of you.

pictish Mon 09-Sep-13 09:20:36

Why have they bought a new massive off roader if their kid is 3?? My blood would be boiling by now!

DodieDoo Mon 09-Sep-13 09:20:54

What I meant by the own/rent is that we can't just move and when they were looking at our complex they could easily have gone with a ground floor or even a house nearby for the cost of the rent.

I'm a sleep deprived mum, eviction is one of the nicer things I wanted to come to them at times haha!

I'm a first time mum so maybe I'm being unrealistic but they only use it in 30 mon burst for the park & corner shop. I'm hoping my little boy could walk short distances at 3?

Viking1 Mon 09-Sep-13 09:21:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mistlethrush Mon 09-Sep-13 09:21:41

If its obstructing access I would ask the fire service to come and advise... This might help with making this problem 'official'.

SarahAndFuck Mon 09-Sep-13 09:23:33

I wouldn't start parking your own buggy there, as that gives you no grounds for complaint.

But I would phone the management company each and every time they park it there and then send them an email as a "further to our telephone conversation today at X time and date..." and taking a photograph as proof each time as well.

Sometimes it takes a big paper trail to make someone realise how serious the issue is.

And you could threaten to reduce your payments to the management company as they are not providing your with the service they have promised.

And I would be tempted to push the buggy outside and leave it there each time it blocked my access. But I would try the hassling the management company first.

HerrenaHarridan Mon 09-Sep-13 09:24:30

Well smashing it is going a bit far tbh

You could keep letting tyres down, or putting it outside.

You could get really drunk and be sick on it! I bet that would stop them. Ok the last one was a joke.

Most sensible course of action is to photograph it daily and report it to the ll and or agency daily.

I would give them 3 months of being reported to daily and then reconsider taking matters into your own hands

whois Mon 09-Sep-13 09:26:01

Keep phoning the management company. It's totally against fire regs so keep going down that route. Phone their landlord/letting agent if you know their number. Make this their problem.

I would WANT to just push it you the front door into the street and leave it but I probably wouldn't <wimp>

SomethingOnce Mon 09-Sep-13 09:26:33

Isn't it against the law to obstruct fire exits?

CSIJanner Mon 09-Sep-13 09:26:51

Reminds me of this thread! Looking at the pictures, their neighbours were real pisstakers.

TheFuzz Mon 09-Sep-13 09:27:29

As a minimum you'd expect it to be folded. Can't understand this need for a big pram. We moved to the small compact prams at that age !

hatsybatsy Mon 09-Sep-13 09:28:50

tricky. the argumentative side of me would want to leave my buggy there when they were out.

but the grown up side of me would just keep on reporting them while trying to stay calm. fights with neighbours are usually not worth the effort. (but you have my sympathies.)

DodieDoo Mon 09-Sep-13 09:32:28

It's the fire safety issue that that management company brought up with them last time because the company who installed/checked the communal fire alarms brought it up.

They keep their washing on the banisters too which was mentioned to them about fire risk but they're really rude and just don't care.

I think I might just do daily photos!

Viking1 Mon 09-Sep-13 09:34:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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