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Letter Template: Inconsiderate Parking in Your Road

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 9 Aug 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Parking Street Inconsiderate Neighbour

Parking is one of the most common causes of disputes between neighbours. Problems include parking too near to a driveway making it difficult to turn in and out, and parking partially on the pavement preventing prams and wheelchairs from being able to pass.

Fortunately often the issue can be quite easily solved. Usually the vehicle owner simply hasn't realised the problem caused by where they have parked, and so bringing it to their attention will mean that they don't park there in future.

How can you best approach this problem?

Talk to your neighbour first, it's always better to try this option before taking further action so, if you can, pop round for a quick chat. If you can't make contact or don't feel comfortable with face to face communication, try sending an informal note. If this doesn't resolve the issue, then try a more formal approach. To help you, we've devised template informal note and more formal letter:

Informal Note to Neighbour About Inconsiderate Parking

Dear [name]

Just a quick note regarding where your car is parked. This is [making it more difficult for me to access my driveway / preventing my pram / wheelchair from being able to pass on the pavement. Please could you [park slightly further up the road / not on the kerb] going forwards to resolve this problem?

Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,
[Name]
[Your house number]

Formal Letter: Neighbours Parking Inconsiderately

[Your Address]

[Neighbour's name]
[Address / 'Delivered by hand']
[Date]
Dear [Neighbour's name]/[If unknown, just address as 'Dear Neighbour'],

Re: Car Parking

I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to problems caused by where your car, registration [registration number] is regularly parked.

  • Blocking my driveway
  • Preventing access down the pavement for prams/wheelchairs
  • Making turning out of [road name] onto [road name] difficult
  • Preventing/restricting access for emergency vehicles

You may have previously been unaware of the problems being caused. However it is making access and use of the street more difficult [and I am particularly concerned about the impact of restricted access for emergency vehicles should, for example, a fire engine or ambulance be required].

I am keen to resolve this amicably; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could [park further up the street where parking will not restrict access / avoid parking on the pavement / park further back from the junction.]

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

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My husband and I and our two children live at the end of a shared private drive. We are the end house and we have to pass two other homes to get to ours. There is a lady in her 60's living directly next door who always appears angry and has shouted in my face several times when I have kindly asked her to move her car or her friends cars because they were blocking my driveway and I couldn't get in or out.Next to her is a man who has never worked and sits around doing nothing or loitering and making a nuisance of himself in front of his house and has blocked my access to my driveway many many times. I hear him constantly aggressively shouting at his kids or his wife. (or shouting at me and my husband) Both neighbours seem very unhappy. They have started drinking together and slandering my family with lies and malicious gossip. My husband is a doctor and often needs to dash to the hospital when he is on call. We have spoken to the neighbours and requested they (and their relatives and friends) do not park on the one lane access road as we need to be able to get in and out. They get angry and hostile when ever we need to go out and we have to ask them to move. The woman directly next door also leaves her daughters dog in her house and goes out for 4 to 5 hours at a time, the dog howls and barks the whole time. She also slams doors late at night when our children are asleep and sometimes turns on her TV at 5am full blast.When she puts bottles in her recycling bin every morning, she holds her wheelie bin next to the shared back fence and bangs the bin against the fence many times. Just recently we overheard her in the garden telling lies and making up stories about us. We have tried the friendly kind approach and it hasn't worked so now we are considering prosecution for slandering and also harassment. We have dashcam evidence of my husband being verbally assaulted by the man two doors away when my husband knocked the door to ask him to move his vehicle because he had to tend to a patient with an emergency and the car had been blocking us in for almost 2 hours. We also have dashcam recording of my son and myself coming from school and the neighbour blocking my access with a wheelie bin and standing looking at my car while I was waiting to drive in to my own driveway, he was refusing to move his bin out of the access road. Then came and started shouting in my passenger window, where my 9 year old was sitting, just because I blew on my horn for him to move out of the way.Several times each week we are faced with ugly, threatening, intimidating behaviour because we have to ask them to move their cars so we can get in and out of our driveway. All of our houses have driveways big enough for two cars. There is no reason why cars should be parked/left on a single lane access road blocking someone getting in and out of their home. I guess it is awkward people trying to make life difficult for others!
Rosemarie - 9-Aug-18 @ 1:57 PM
Opposite my home there is a public parking bay offering parking for 8 vehicles.Every vehicle (7) in the bay belongs to 1 neighbour further up the road who has enough space on his driveway to park at least 4 of the cars.One of the cars is registered as SORN, the second one in 3months, is also taking one of the spaces. Today I returned home to find he’d taken it upon himself to move one of his cars out and block 3 bays for his LWB van to be reserved a space. My husband challenged him asking why he felt it acceptable to do when it isn’t his land and asked why he chooses not to park on his driveway.He assured us it wouldn’t happen again and they’d be moved 6hrs not one car has been moved to his driveway - the guy even kicked off with the ice cream man for pulling up nearby his unused drive. I have raised my concerns with the local MP about the continuous SORN vehicles on public highway and asked if the bays could be remarked.Any other ideas? My mind is blown as to how inconsiderate one person can be when it has such a detrimental impact on other people’s ability to park causing obstruction of view especially when we have a primary school only 100m from our front doors
Danzy - 14-Jul-18 @ 6:27 PM
I live in a cul de sac the parking is a nightmare in the evening, my daughters boyfriend parks just out my cul de sac where I live,the women come banging on my door and told me to move my car it's not aloud to park there. I've had council come round and said don't park up the path. But you aloud to park there is no double yellow lines now she keeps complaining to my housing officer saying she can't get out her drive yes she can. She keeps writing notes on car sayin it's from the council she has wrote it. She comes out her house when my daughter and boyfriend go out and starts and tried to ram them of the road with her car tooting at them because they parked there. Now my housing officer has emailed me to tell me not to park there because she keeps complaining because she owns her house she think she owns the road. Whatcan I do I've never had no problem where I live till she brought her house. Thanks nat
Nat - 5-Jul-18 @ 9:44 PM
HH- Your Question:
Where I live a couple opposite have had a car parked out side my neighbours house house for 4 months, (they don't use it) she has asked them to move it, as when ever she has visitors they have to park in front of there parked car, so it overlaps onto my drive os if I need to get off my drive, I have to ask her visitors to move there car, or leave mine on the road which makes it more conjested It is getting my neighbour down, as 4 months is just ridiculous and cant see why they cant park it out side there own house so it doesn't inconvenience anyone else can we do anything about it? who can we contact? my neighbour has asked them twice to move it and they just being stubborn Thanks

Our Response:
Check it's taxed etc. If they never move it there's a chance it's declared SORN etc. If not and you live on a public road with no parking permits or similar, there really isn't much you can do about this unfortunately. You could try the above template and and drop them a note to appeal to their better nature.
ProblemNeighbours - 11-Jun-18 @ 3:32 PM
where i live a couple opposite have had a car parked out side my neighbours house house for 4 months, (they don't use it) she has asked them to move it, as when ever she has visitors they have to park in front of there parked car, so it overlaps onto my drive os if i need to get off my drive, i have to ask her visitors to move there car, or leave mine on the road which makes it more conjested It is getting my neighbour down, as 4 months is just ridiculous and cant see why they cant park it out side there own house so it doesn't inconvenience anyone else can we do anything about it? who can we contact?my neighbour has asked them twice to move it and they just being stubborn Thanks
HH - 8-Jun-18 @ 5:47 PM
doris - Your Question:
My next door neighbour breads dogs she has a very small back yard where all the dogs do there mess and wee, she only cleans up about every 2-3 weeks you can imagine what it's like with 6 or 7 dogs. we like to entertain in our garden but the smell is terrible, I want to tell the council but I'm worried about the repercussions, she's not the type of person you can talk to.

Our Response:
You need to tell the council about this. Contact environmental health, tell them you would rather they did not say that it had been reported by an immediate neighbour, they're usually quite discreet.
ProblemNeighbours - 9-May-18 @ 1:59 PM
My next door neighbour breads dogs she has a very small back yard where all the dogs do there mess and wee, she only cleans up about every2-3 weeks you can imagine what it's like with 6 or 7 dogs. we like to entertain in our garden but the smell is terrible, i want to tell the council but i'm worried about the repercussions, she's not the type of person you can talk to.
doris - 8-May-18 @ 8:11 PM
natalieclaire1 - Your Question:
We live in a very small close and one of our neighbours parks in the turning area constantly and over the last month his parents have been parking behind him in the turning area/on the curb. There is a council sign which reads 'no parking in the turning area'. They frequently have visitors who also park there. They aren't really the sort of people that I would want to approach but others have also voiced their concerns so I'm wondering what can be done?

Our Response:
Talk to the council first of. If they have erected a sign, it may be enforceable. Other than that you could consider a letter as in the above template and/or talk to other neighbours to see if anyone else is willing to also have a quite word with the owners of the parked vehicle.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-May-18 @ 3:31 PM
We live in a very small close and one of our neighbours parks in the turning area constantly and over the last month his parents have been parking behind him in the turning area/on the curb. There is a council sign which reads 'no parking in the turning area'. They frequently have visitors who also park there. They aren't really the sort of people that I would want to approach but others have also voiced their concerns so I'm wondering what can be done?
natalieclaire1 - 3-May-18 @ 4:07 PM
Be careful . I ask a car to move down as taken up 2 spaces. Day later he hit my son around head ended up with 20 stitches and police cant do nothing as witnesses won't say nothing
Brightonlisa47 - 25-Apr-18 @ 5:11 PM
My next door neighbour has started to build a patio in his back garden. He is planning to patio the whole garden. He is not using a professional and his brother seems to be doing it in his spare time, but I’m not convinced he knows what he is doing. He has done about a third and when we had a lot of rain all of the water was running onto my patio (along with the dirt!). Are there any regulations that need to ensure the water runs off into their own garden. When my patios were built the contractor ensured the water ran off into the garden, but if he is paving the whole garden he won’t have that option? Any assistance or guidance would be appreciated.
Sld23 - 19-Apr-18 @ 6:41 PM
Maisie - Your Question:
Is it ok to take up two spaces on a road to save a space for when you get home later? A neighbour has two of his own cars and his family member parks there too, when one of them moves, they move one car up to save it for when they get home! Other residents can't get a parking space sometimes because of this

Our Response:
There are no regulations that relate to this, just a little inconsiderate. If it's a public street with no parking restrictions there's not much you can do. Hopefully the letter template will help you.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Mar-18 @ 12:45 PM
Is it ok to take up two spaces on a road to save a space for when you get home later? A neighbour has two of his own cars and his family member parks there too, when one of them moves, they move one car up to save it for when they get home! Other residents can't get a parking space sometimes because of this
Maisie - 10-Mar-18 @ 2:12 PM
SIMBAD - Your Question:
A man has dumped his boat in front of my garage, he lives in a housing association accomodation and we have contacted the man and have warned him to move the boat and to date he has not done so, where do I stand in law with this problem

Our Response:
If you can't access your garage, the police should be able to help you.
ProblemNeighbours - 21-Feb-18 @ 12:43 PM
a man has dumped his boat in front of my garage, he lives in a housing association accomodation and we have contacted the man and have warned him to move the boat and to date he has not done so, where do I stand in law with this problem
SIMBAD - 20-Feb-18 @ 5:06 PM
Kay - Your Question:
We live on a road that has very few driveways and road parking. This has never really been an issue for the last 6 years - usually most of us are parked near our house, and occasionally not.A man a few doors down has taken issue with me because I parked outside his neighbours house for a few days. He came out, yelled at me and I ended up getting my partner to move my car later on to try and calm everything down.A month later; my car was parked there for a few hours until a space further up was free. The next day, as I was walking past his house he opened his door and began to scream at me. Apparently because my household has 3 cars we shouldn’t be parking anywhere on the street, shouldn’t be allowed 3 cars and so on. I was very very shaken and upset. My partner tried to have a conversation about it later and the guy just screamed at him again.I don’t know what to do - our vehicles are not large (2 smart cars and a small 2 sweater sports car), they take up very little space and 2 of them are away for most of the week whilst we work.I’m not sure what to do, but I’m scared about being outside on my own in case he shouts again.

Our Response:
Assuming it'sa public road and you're not blocking a driveway, you can park where you like. Noone has a right to the space immediately outside their home. If this person is threatening you, contact your local police on non-emergency 101.
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Jan-18 @ 12:47 PM
We live on a road that has very few driveways and road parking. This has never really been an issue for the last 6 years - usually most of us are parked near our house, and occasionally not. A man a few doors down has taken issue with me because I parked outside his neighbours house for a few days. He came out, yelled at me and I ended up getting my partner to move my car later on to try and calm everything down. A month later; my car was parked there for a few hours until a space further up was free. The next day, as I was walking past his house he opened his door and began to scream at me. Apparently because my household has 3 cars we shouldn’t be parking anywhere on the street, shouldn’t be allowed 3 cars and so on. I was very very shaken and upset. My partner tried to have a conversation about it later and the guy just screamed at him again. I don’t know what to do - our vehicles are not large (2 smart cars and a small 2 sweater sports car), they take up very little space and 2 of them are away for most of the week whilst we work. I’m not sure what to do, but I’m scared about being outside on my own in case he shouts again.
Kay - 27-Jan-18 @ 8:48 AM
FranP - Your Question:
A man who lives 3 houses down from me and across the road keeps parking across from my house. He has a large drive in front of his house where he could park up 3-4 cars or he could park in the road in front of his house as there are no cars there, but instead he chooses to park in the road a few houses down from his house. This makes it very difficult for myself, my neighbours next door as well as across from me to get in and out of our own drives (because of the turning angle to get around his large vehicle). Several people have spoken to him regarding the inconvenience he is causing us, but he ignores what we say and keeps doing it. We all own our houses and a majority of people (95% park in their drive the other 5% with smaller drives park in front of their own house).Because of his inconsiderate parking, I always have to exit left (and turn around in the road further down to go the direction I need to go-right) and come home from the right because I can't reverse into my drive if I come from the left due to where his car is parked. My other neighbours do something similar. Sometimes he parks in the middle between two houses, and sometimes he parks right at the edge of a drive which makes it even harder to get in and out.I know he's not doing anything illegal by parking in the road, but is there anything we can do about this? He watches us struggle every day to get in and out of our drives and he says nothing and makes no attempt to move. We've tried speaking to him, but he pays no attention to that. I don't know if a letter would have an affect? Is there anything else we can do?

Our Response:
Because this isn't doing anything illegal and isn't actually obstructing your drive (preventing you from exiting), there really isn't much you can do. It's certainly worth trying a letter to appeal to his better nature (if he has one), because as, you say it's just a lack courtesy that is the problem here.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Nov-17 @ 10:09 AM
A man who lives 3 houses down from me and across the road keeps parking across from my house. He has a large drive in front of his house where he could park up 3-4 cars or he could park in the road in front of his house as there are no cars there, but instead he chooses to park in the road a few houses down from his house. This makes it very difficult for myself, my neighbours next door as well as across from me to get in and out of our own drives (because of the turning angle to get around his large vehicle). Several people have spoken to him regarding the inconvenience he is causing us, but he ignores what we say and keeps doing it. We all own our houses and a majority of people (95% park in their drive the other 5% with smaller drives park in front of their own house). Because of his inconsiderate parking, I always have to exit left (and turn around in the road further down to go the direction I need to go-right) and come home from the right because I can't reverse into my drive if I come from the left due to where his car is parked. My other neighbours do something similar. Sometimes he parks in the middle between two houses, and sometimes he parks right at the edge of a drive which makes it even harder to get in and out. I know he's not doing anything illegal by parking in the road, but is there anything we can do about this? He watches us struggle every day to get in and out of our drives and he says nothing and makes no attempt to move. We've tried speaking to him, but he pays no attention to that. I don't know if a letter would have an affect? Is there anything else we can do?
FranP - 10-Nov-17 @ 9:29 AM
ProblemNeighbours - Your Question:
Evie - Your Question:
Two neighbours have been perpetrating harassment against my husband initially and now myself. It started in 2015 with screws driven into our car tyres, wheel nuts being undone, gouging to car paint work and compressed rubbish being pushed far into our exhaust. Escalated to reporting us for causing rats and saying we so intimidated them they were afraid to leave their house and we terrorised their children.and many other incidents in between including physical assault in front of our child. Now it's at it's worst.they are spreading rumours that we are verbally abusing our daughter and physically abusing our son. We have tried to rise above everything, tried to be good neighbours. Tried to ignore everything but it has to stop.
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Our Response:
You need to find some help locally to arrange mediation sessions here. We assume you reported the damage to the police. If these rumours are affecting you, you could try an injunction - you would need to seek advice from a solicitor.

Our Response:
Try your local council, sports development team etc. Your local leisure centre or leisure industry businesses might be able to help too.
ProblemNeighbours - 1-Mar-17 @ 12:36 PM
Evie - Your Question:
Two neighbours have been perpetrating harassment against my husband initially and now myself. It started in 2015 with screws driven into our car tyres, wheel nuts being undone, gouging to car paint work and compressed rubbish being pushed far into our exhaust. Escalated to reporting us for causing rats and saying we so intimidated them they were afraid to leave their house and we terrorised their children.and many other incidents in between including physical assault in front of our child. Now it's at it's worst.they are spreading rumours that we are verbally abusing our daughter and physically abusing our son. We have tried to rise above everything, tried to be good neighbours. Tried to ignore everything but it has to stop.

Our Response:
You need to find some help locally to arrange mediation sessions here. We assume you reported the damage to the police. If these rumours are affecting you, you could try an injunction - you would need to seek advice from a solicitor.
ProblemNeighbours - 1-Mar-17 @ 12:34 PM
Two neighbours have been perpetrating harassment against my husband initially and now myself. It started in 2015 with screws driven into our car tyres, wheel nuts being undone, gouging to car paint work and compressed rubbish being pushed far into our exhaust... Escalated to reporting us for causing rats and saying we so intimidated them they were afraid to leave their house and we terrorised their children....and many other incidents in between including physical assault in front of our child. Now it's at it's worst....they are spreading rumours that we are verbally abusing our daughter and physically abusing our son. We have tried to rise above everything, tried to be good neighbours. Tried to ignore everything but it has to stop.
Evie - 27-Feb-17 @ 7:17 PM
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