Man slams neighbour who regularly parks five vehicles outside his house
A man has hit out at his neighbour for their inconsiderate behaviour. The man claims that his neighbour repeatedly parks five cars in front of his house, often blocking his driveway. He claims that his neighbour does this despite the neighbour's driveway being completely empty.
The selfish neighbour in question owns three cars, a truck and a van - which take up a lot of space on the street itself. The man says this inconsiderate behaviour means he and his family often can't park on their drive or even near their home. The furious homeowner took to Reddit to see if anything could be done.
READ MORE: Drivers could be slapped with GBP5,000 fine for driving without AC in heatwave The post read: "We have four cars and space enough for one car to park in our driveway. At night our neighbours park all of their cars, including the work truck/van, on the street, and don't park any cars in their driveway.
"Sometimes at night they'll park the box truck and half the nose of it is blocking the entrance to our driveway, so we have to hop up on the curb on one side just to get around and into our driveway." Do you think people should be allowed to reserve spaces? Tell us in the comments
As well as this, the resident added that the people next door "space out" their vehicles during the day, allegedly to prevent anyone else from parking there. They added: "They literally take up six parking spots with three cars during the day. I've gone over to their house to try to talk to them multiple times and nobody answers every time I knock.
"I'm not that neighbour that thinks they're entitled to the public street in front of their house, but I think it's absolute [sic] to take up multiple parking spots with big vehicles and with [sic] spacing so that you can claim the spots, especially when it's not even in front of your own house." While it can be incredibly frustrating, is there anything that can be done? And while the neighbour may be inconsiderate, are they breaking any laws?
What can I do if someone parks on my driveway?
The Chronicle reported that if a vehicle is parked on your driveway without rightful permission, this counts as trespassing.
As trespass is a civil offence, the police won't always get involved though. At most, they may send an officer to determine the owner of said vehicle and ask them to move it.
Can I block someone's car in if they're parked on my driveway?
If someone has parked on your drive and you retaliate by blocking them in, your vehicle may be causing obstruction to the public highway - which is a criminal offence. The owner then could call the police and take action against you.
What action can I take if I can't park outside my house?
Unfortunately, a homeowner has no legal right to park directly outside their own property.
As it is a public road, all users have the same right to park anywhere they choose, should this not contravene parking restrictions.
Can I reserve a parking space on the street?
If you attempt to keep a parking space available outside your home using obstacles such as cones, this could be viewed as an obstruction. This could leave you liable to criminal prosecution unless your local authority has granted you the right to do so. These circumstances are only usually given in extreme cases, such as funerals.