Do you get on with your neighbours? Should I of called the police

October 24, 2007 4:31pm CST
Until recently I have never has a problem with my neighbours but recently they have been parking thier car over my drive and going out alot which means I do not have use of my own car. On Friday I had a weekend away booked it was nothing special but just a little break with my wife and son but we could not go because my drive was blocked from around 10am until about 8pm so I could not use my car. I have previously asked them not to park there. There is a carpark about 10 years further down the road On Sunday I made a reservation at a resturant in town for lunch but again my drive was blocked I couldnt use my car so we couldnt go. Now today I had a hospital appointment which I had been waiting for, for 4 months and again my drive way blocked. because i didnt want to wait another 4 months for an appointment i had to get a taxi so i would be there in time and had to pay £22 there and £22 back So for my neighbours inability to park somewhere else and show a little respect I had to pay £44 around $90 for a taxi. I have spoken to him about an hour ago and he really wasnt bothered. Here in the UK we have a law which allows the police to remove a car that is obstruction private property and charge the owner £110 removal cost plus a fine do you think after repeated requests for him to park somewhere else am i justified in now calling the police to remove it and getting him a big bill every time he parks over my drive. I dont want to cause trouble as i have to live here but I pay my car tax and insurance so I should be allowed to use it as and when I feel.
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4 responses
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
25 Oct 07
Could you put out some kind of barrier so that only your car would fit and thiers wouldn't? Like at night put two sawhorses with a board across them to kinda block them from parking behind you. Or maybe a sign reminding them not to park there a nice polite sign should work. -Amber
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• China
25 Oct 07
we don't want to get bad with the neighbour. as we think it is more helpful that relations that far away. but in fact there are a lot of problems that is little and much. and we offen get angry with them. but it is nothing when you think of it severely. it is better to ask then not to do that severy times. they may forget it. but you can ask police for help if they didn't understand you and do that again. they don't think for you and don't think you as a neighbour.
@marabdl86 (615)
• United States
25 Oct 07
You have no chocie but to cause trouble. the thing is, you have asked this negihbor repeatedly to not par his car there and the guy obviously doesn't care. Did you tell him how it has affected you? I say next time he does it again call the sops and let them fine his butt off. I can't believe you had to make different plans because of your neighbors inability to care. I'm sorry :( God gave you patience, wish he did the same for me
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• Canada
24 Oct 07
I definately would call the police. You have repeatedly asked him to stop and he obviously refuses socall them. If it was me I would park where he usually parks so he can't get into the driveway.
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• Australia
24 Oct 07
tread carfully you have to live next door to these people! but if asking them not to park over your drive i would call the police and get tghem to tow the car away regardless of the costs to the cars owner. i would hate not being able to get my car out of my own driveway especially i needed to fgo somewhere. you shouldnt have to limit your lifestyle because of them. A note on the car or in their mailbox is also a good idea and may get them thinking, or prehaps park your car over their driveway one day on a day you know they are going somewhere and wait for them to come and ask you to move it, i know its a little catty but it might work good luck
• United States
24 Oct 07
I agree with skeen; be careful; but it also seems you have been quite accomodating to these people. In the "States" you aren't allowed to block anyone's drive--whether business or residential--you can be towed or ticketed or both. I would try the note; politely. But this neighbor has really caused issues with your ability to leave your home and that is not right. If the note doesn't work, I would most definitely call the police. They don't deserve your respect if they can not respect you. My two cents worth. :)
• United States
24 Oct 07
The note honestly does seem like the best idea. Like Skeen said, you have to live with them, so make sure that they know it bothers you, but you definitely don't want to make any enemies. You should only bring in the police or the law in the last case scenario. It may be possible they don't realize they are causing you problems.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
25 Oct 07
I agree with all of these responses here. When the person is blocking your driveway, go to the neighbor and ask them to please move their car and to not park there for you need to get out. If that doesn't work then by all means, call the police because you have a life too and have rights to be able to get out of your driveway. He's not respecting you by not doing it after you've asked him so why should you respect him? You shouldn't. Don't let it bother you if he gets a high priced ticket to pay. You had to pay a pricey ticket for the cab, right? So let him feel the heat for once.