PARKING Disagreements often lead to arguments between neighbors, especially when you find someone blocking your driveway.
So what are your rights if you come home and see another vehicle in your seat? Here’s everything you need to know.
You should always first try to approach your neighbor calmly and kindly to resolve the situation before it escalates.
Instead, leave a message if you’re worried about approaching them or if they’re not home.
If someone is parked in your driveway and that property is part of your property, the neighbor is technically acting illegally.
However, there is no criminal law preventing someone from parking in your driveway, so doing so would be considered a civil offence.
The courts have jurisdiction to remove the car from the driveway for you if you choose to bring a civil trespassing action.
Dan Powell, senior editor of the automotive consumer protection site, said Desperate Seller The mirror: “You can start a civil case for trespassing, but that can be a lengthy and potentially expensive option.
“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 an obligation to remove abandoned vehicles.”
But if you suspect the car has been abandoned, your community can step in.
Don’t try to remove the vehicle yourself because if you cause any damage you will have to pay for repairs.
Another option is to make a legal claim for harassment because the driver is interfering with your property.
If you want to prevent people from parking in your driveway, you can also put up a fence, gate or bollard.
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