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Letter Template: Inconsiderate Parking in Your Road

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 10 Nov 2017 | 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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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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