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aibu to be pissed of neighbours parking in my parking space?

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Rebecca2014 Wed 05-Nov-14 21:14:45

I rent a house and we have two allocated parking spaces that come with the property. I live in a very quiet area where it is not hard to find somewhere to park.

My ex was the only driver in our household so when he moved out, obviously the car spaces were empty all the time. The neighbours have not picked up on this and I noticed different people parking in my parking spaces. It is really pissing me off, just because it is empty doesn't give them the right to use my spaces?

Tomorrow morning if the car still there I be putting a letter on his car and if it continues to happen I will take it further. Aibu to be pissed of about this? shall I just let them use my parking spaces because I don't have a car?

Hoppinggreen Wed 05-Nov-14 21:17:17

How is this actually affecting or inconveniencing you?
Are you just annoyed on principle?
If you think it's worth falling out with your neighbour for no reason whatsoever then yes, go with an arsey letter.

IsabellaPong Wed 05-Nov-14 21:17:22

Oh god. Why do you even care if you don't drive and it isn't hard to find somewhere to park?

MrsMaker83 Wed 05-Nov-14 21:17:40

Yanbu - you need access to at least one, but i assume you tell your visitors to use the allocated space too?

Inconsiderate drivers do my head in!

Rebecca2014 Wed 05-Nov-14 21:20:30

It is out of principle. People rent out their parking spaces for a fee so people just thinking they can park there seems wrong to me and disrespectful.

IsabellaPong Wed 05-Nov-14 21:21:58

Top notch drip feeding.

Although I wonder who'd pay if its a quiet area with lots of parking.

AgentProvocateur Wed 05-Nov-14 21:23:26

So, you have two spaces and you're not using either of them. Yet you're going to write a pissy letter and "take it further" if your neighbours use them. You sound mean and un-neighbourly.

RiverRocks Wed 05-Nov-14 21:25:22

You could compromise-if you're not using them, put up a sign, '£20 per day to park. Parking here constitutes agreement to pay. If you park here and don't pay, you agree to forfeit your first born child/your vehicle will be towed'.

It's rude, but if it's not actually affecting you then I don't think I could be bothered to stress about it too much.

RiverRocks Wed 05-Nov-14 21:26:16

X-post, sorry grin

Behoove Wed 05-Nov-14 21:27:28

I don't believe you

DomiKatetrix Wed 05-Nov-14 21:28:42

Install a parking meter. Or wait at the end of your parking spaces in a luminous yellow vest and charge £5 for up to 4 hours. Rolling in it.

Rebecca2014 Wed 05-Nov-14 21:33:34

Would this really not annoy you? If people were just parking on your private property?

Even if you did not have a car, wouldn't you expect them to ask your permission? not just assume its free game?

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 05-Nov-14 21:34:42

I don't think you are being unreasonable because you never know if you will need them in the future

My dad has just bought a business premises with its own parking. The property was empty for a year & previous to that there was an informal agreement that a neighbour could park.

He now needs all the parking for his vans & access to the yard & has got to argue about precedents & if someone has legal rights if they've been parking there for a certain amount of time.

IsabellaPong Wed 05-Nov-14 21:36:51

Maybe they are like many of us and assume you wouldn't get your knickers in a twist over a spot you don't have a car for?

BoomBoomsCousin Wed 05-Nov-14 21:40:11

It seems a bit petty to stop others using them if it doesn't adversly affect you at all. But at the same time, sadly, people get rights over your property if they use it for a long time without you objecting. And someone who is going to be difficult, will be more difficult in x years time when your children start to drive/you do/you meet a new DP who does/etc. than they will if you put your foot down early on. So I think writing to let them know you don't give permission is reasonable. You could also try putting flowers or something in the spaces so others can't use them. Or rent them out, either for whatever others are going for or for a nominal fee so that there is no way for them to claim rights later.

NotSayingImBatman Wed 05-Nov-14 21:40:30

I don't think YABU.

I have a double width drive and during the day, only one car parked on it. I would be mightily pissed off if my neighbours started parking in the spare space, as, I would imagine, most people would be.

I don't see this as any different.

theonlygothinthevillage Wed 05-Nov-14 21:45:18

I can see both sides. I used to rent a flat with a parking space and a neighbour used to park in it. I didn't hvae a car. I thought it was rude - they could at least have asked.

On the other hand, someone near us has one car and two parking spaces, and he parks his car diagonally across them, presumably to stop others using it. This makes him look like a petty, territorial arsehole.

If you get a second car or are expecting visitors, then would be the time to say something I think. Not worth kicking up a fuss about otherwise.

LackaDAISYcal Wed 05-Nov-14 21:48:57

but it's not your private property...it's your landlords.

Let them park there, and if you ever get a car of your own, deal with it then.

Rebecca2014 Wed 05-Nov-14 21:49:51

I can see both sides. I used to rent a flat with a parking space and a neighbour used to park in it. I didn't hvae a car. I thought it was rude - they could at least have asked.

Yes that is what annoys me. If they asked I would gladly let someone use the space. I am going to ask a neighbour tomorrow who doesn't have an allocated parking space to use my space. Least then I can feel I have some control over it.

I have the letter on my table at the moment, have to sleep on it till I decide if I am going to put it on the car. I don't want seem petty but I don't also want someone to think they have an right over my space.

IsabellaPong Wed 05-Nov-14 21:52:38

Aaah, control over it.

That's the crux of it. Control freak.

BoneyBackJefferson Wed 05-Nov-14 21:54:35

LackaDAISYcal
"but it's not your private property...it's your landlords."

Which the OP pays extra for.

ilovesooty Wed 05-Nov-14 21:58:31

Get a couple of skips and put them in the spaces. Then you can get worked up when other people put their rubbish in them. grin

Kookydooda Wed 05-Nov-14 22:05:53

Some people just go looking for trouble! You want to create an argument over something that doesn't affect you one iota. Why?

eltsihT Wed 05-Nov-14 22:07:04

I lived in my flat for 10 years, with two parking spaces. All the rest if the area was permit parking only. We only used one space and left the other open (until I met dh) then we kept the spaces locked so no one would stop us parking our cars there, occasionally we had to leave a note saying we had had to park elsewhere (about 10minute walk to get to free parking)

When I moved out 2 years ago we rented the flat and spaces out. When we arrived to get the flat ready to sell (we had locked the spaces up then the tenants moved out) someone had broken into the locked space. So we blocked them in. They then came round to speak to dh whom they told they had been parking in that space for 7 years. Needless to say dh had some words with them.

You are right to be a bit irritated but I would only leave a note if you are really put out by the issue. Parking wars can be a nightmare

pissinmy2shoes Wed 05-Nov-14 22:08:53

i would leave a note
the space is yours. they could have at least asked

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