Money Talk: ‘My neighbor keeps parking in my driveway – are they allowed to do that?’

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When you get home to find your neighbor parked in your driveway, you might be wondering what you can do to stop him from doing it again – we talk to the experts for the latest in our Money Talk series

Nobody likes a nightmare neighbor
Nobody likes a nightmare neighbor

Parking disputes are a common cause of conflict between neighbors.

In fact, around 62% of Brits are said to have had at least one argument with their neighbor over where to leave their car.

So what do you do when your neighbor is a nightmare when it comes to parking, especially if they liked your driveway?

We speak to the experts for the latest in our Money Talk series.

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“My neighbor keeps parking in my driveway”

When it comes to neighborhood disputes of any kind, the first thing you should do is approach them calmly and kindly to try to resolve the situation.

This can be difficult if you don’t know your neighbors. If you’re worried about addressing her personally, consider writing a letter instead.

If someone is parked in your driveway and that property is part of your property – ie included in your deeds – then the neighbor is technically trespassing if they park over it.

There is no criminal law preventing someone from parking in your driveway, so this would be a civil offence.

“You can start a civil suit for trespassing, but it can be a lengthy and potentially expensive option,” said Dan Powell, senior editor at online retailer and automotive consumer website Desperate Seller.

“In general, it’s always best to resolve issues like this with your neighbors first.

“If they are blocking access to your driveway or creating an obstruction, you can talk to them about moving their car.

“The police have no power to make arrests.

“If the vehicle is untaxed, unroadworthy and missing number plates, this can be reported to your municipality, which has a duty to remove abandoned vehicles.”

Your municipality should also be able to act if you suspect the car has been abandoned.

You should not attempt to remove the vehicle yourself. If there is damage to the car, you can be liable for damages.

If you bring a civil action for trespassing, the courts have jurisdiction to remove the car from the driveway for you.

Another option is to make a legal claim for harassment because the driver is interfering with your property.

There are steps you can take to prevent people from parking in your driveway, such as: B. erecting a fence, gate or bollard.

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