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January 10, 2013 at 3:51 am #606192
I have a friend staying with me. She has to park anywhere a space is available due to lack of parking in our neighborhood. One of my neighbors thinks he owns the street parking, and complains when anyone parks in front of his house. Even if he has enough space to park he wants the whole space between his two car parking driveway and the next door neighbor. which would hold two cars with tons of space. He has complained to his real estate agent that sold him the house. He in turn complained to his friend that owes the house with the house guest. If this house guest leaves he moves his car, so that no others may park period.
He has hit this car, he has almost hit a person working on this car, when he pulled up with in 5 inches of him. How do we stop this or suggestions of dealing with him short of?January 10, 2013 at 4:01 am #782456
street parking is public parking; but people tend to respect the parking in front of each persons home. kind of an unwritten rule at least it is on the street i live on.
it is legal to park on the street as long as you stay 5′ from a driveway curb cut of a SFDU.January 10, 2013 at 4:05 am #782457
she was respecting his space. then he started hitting her front bumper. i think to intimidate her. we measured he had 9 feet behind his truck to his driveway.January 10, 2013 at 4:38 am #782458
If he is using his vehicle as a weapon, contact the police asap. Also, even if there is no apparent damage. Have your friend file a claim against his insurance.January 10, 2013 at 4:45 am #782459
And if you are present when bumping her car, take pictures..then report him…January 10, 2013 at 4:49 am #782460January 10, 2013 at 4:50 am #782461January 10, 2013 at 4:51 am #782462January 10, 2013 at 5:37 am #782463
There is nothing ok about this behavior. This is public property and if he is confused about it I am sure the police can help him understand. You can file a restraining order if you feel threatened, but living next door will be tough. Your comment about the real estate complains makes me think he isn’t playing with a full deck…January 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm #782464January 10, 2013 at 11:51 pm #782465
I have made the call and am waiting for officers now. I will keep you up dated!January 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm #782466
Yes, call the police to report him.
In our neighborhood, we try to leave the spot in front of someone’s house open for them (especially if they don’t have off the street parking/an alley garage).
However, in this case, it sounds that the neighbor bully has more than enough street parking and just feels entitled to all space in front of his house. Take photos of his truck bumper and your friend’s car every day….you may need it for documentation.January 11, 2013 at 2:36 am #782467
Up date: So I followed your advise and did call the police and filed a report. I also filed a anti harassment report, at their suggestion. They came and took my report and also my house guest report. After they left our home, they went to the neighbors whom lied (I hate liars) saying oh we are so sorry we didn’t realize we were doing anything wrong. When the police returned to my house, my guest showed them the photos, then they back to the neighbors and said we are filing the anti harassment report. Thank goodness for photos! I have owned my home here in WS for 21 years and have never had a problem with neighbors. I try so hard to be a good neighbor. I am far from perfect, but I try. I hope this will be over now.January 11, 2013 at 3:18 am #782468
You are certainly in the “right”, but who the heck is parking in front of your house? Don’t you have enough space for two cars?
Our block is good at respecting other peoples parking strips – lots of drop offs and pick ups for school and sports, so it’s nice to have that space in front of your home for that.January 11, 2013 at 4:25 am #782469
our block is very bad at respecting that parking space. there’s enough room in front of each house for two reasonably-sized cars – the equivalent of a long fed-ex box truck. usually, an SUV and a regular car can fit in the space in front of my house; with a possible violation of the 5-foot-to-driveway-apron rule. but no one ever gets parked into his driveway.
but there are some who feel the need to take up both spaces, even if they’re driving normal, city-sized sedans.
sure, they’re within their rights, but they obviously have no clue that they could be better neighbors.
when asked to conserve parking space, drivers’ reactions have ranged from innocently ignorant (and politely compliant) to openly hostile (and defiant and/or aggressive.)
go figure. some people are a-holes.
but most people are okay.January 11, 2013 at 4:36 am #782470
EdSaneParticipantJanuary 11, 2013 at 5:16 am #782471
Smitty, we are a two car family, however I have a small business so I try to leave room for a client here and there. My husband nor I have any issues parking elsewhere. If my neighbor felt the need to park in front of our home so be it. I just want peace in the neighborhood. This whole situation makes me cry. I try so hard to be a good neighbor, I would park a block away if it made my neighbors life better.January 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm #782472
@ed, that makes sense. It will become more and more the “norm”, I am guessing.
@pattilie, got it. While your neighbor is obviously an a$$hat, maybe he doesn’t know you are running a business and prefer one of “your” spots to remain open? As far as he knows, you are parking in front of his home with a perfectly open spot available in front of yours? I know that would bug me if I didn’t know the details. But you are correct – he should just park in your open spot.
Hope it works out.January 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm #782473
Pattilea, you did the right thing. Your neighbor sounds like a big jerk. We live in the city. Parking is tight. Streets are narrow. If you want it otherwise, move to the burbs.January 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm #782474
Sorry to hear about this uglyness – I don’t know where you live, but there is always parking in front of my house – and I don’t care who uses it!
This thread has made me feel very blessed by reasonable (and some very FUN) neighbors and life circumstances that allow for our single car to be parked in our garage.
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