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Letter Template: Inconsiderate Parking in Your Road

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 18 Aug 2020 | 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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Unfortunately no-oneowns the road outside their house or has parking rights although I think we should have. When these houses were built most of us were walking or using our horse and cart. Roads ate not built for multi-car households. Even new housing estates don't supply enough parking for residents and visitors unless your lucky enough to afford a big house with your own driveway or land. Not much help I know but I sympathise. I also have parking problems
Gun - 18-Aug-20 @ 2:19 PM
Hi I’ve been in an ongoing dispute with a neighbour (renting) about her using my parking space I own with my flat in a communal car park. I’ve given them a map of the parking, I’ve even shown them where to park, i.e not in and not over into my space. The management company won’t mark out the kerbside with paint. Every other neighbour parks correctly, but years of these renting neighbours parking in or over into my space, ive been told by the management co I can charge tickets. Can I do this? I don’t think it sounds legal but I’m sick of these neighbours parking. Has anyone else had this problem or know an answer??? Thankyou
LadyV - 13-Aug-20 @ 6:55 PM
I have an issue with a neighbour who’s property is opposite our land with a narrow public lane that separates both properties. They allowed an oil tank delivery to block the road despite it could’ve at least attempted to have parked on their driveway and they frequently have a chain across it meaning it causes an inconvenience for us whenever delivery vehicles come intended for them. I’m also pretty sure in this case the vehicle was there longer than 15 minutes blocking the road and my right of access which isn’t allowed l according to what I gathered from public highways. I felt this was inconsiderate by both the delivery company and my neighbours. My vehicle got damaged trying to get past it as I couldn’t see anyone around at the time for it to be moved onto their driveway. Do I have a legal position if it keeps happening in the future?
Anonymous - 15-Jul-20 @ 4:45 PM
In Beresford Avenue , Wembley , HA01NUin blue badge holder parking bay , one guy always park and refuse to give space to disable and elderly people . He told us that he can park there because there isn’t time shown and refused to give space for disable old lady. I reported to council previously but nothing done and he is still parking on disable parking bay.
Bboin - 1-Mar-20 @ 3:26 PM
We live near a school, parents and teachers park anywhere they can even outside my garage opposite my back gate, we have parking outside our back gates for residents, I drivemy daughter to school in the morning On my return a teacher parks her car right outside of our gate! My next door neighbor has two very young children I see her struggle at times! How would they like it if I went and parked outside there house, most of the don’t live nowhere near the school, I got so fed up that when I got home from doing a night shift and couldn’t park outside MY back gate I parked my car in front of the parents car!! I saw her return and politely asked them if they would mind parking somewhere else after her child kicked my car!! She just looked at me and left!! I asked the teacher not to leave her car there all day while working just got a sorry but still continues to park it there, they double park so if emergency services had to attend down that road they wouldn’t be able to get access.Help
Shaza - 30-Jan-20 @ 3:31 PM
We live near a school, parents and teachers park anywhere they can even outside my garage opposite my back gate, we have parking outside our back gates for residents, I drivemy daughter to school in the morning On my return a teacher parks her car right outside of our gate! My next door neighbor has two very young children I see her struggle at times! How would they like it if I went and parked outside there house, most of the don’t live nowhere near the school, I got so fed up that when I got home from doing a night shift and couldn’t park outside MY back gate I parked my car in front of the parents car!! I saw her return and politely asked them if they would mind parking somewhere else after her child kicked my car!! She just looked at me and left!! I asked the teacher not to leave her car there all day while working just got a sorry but still continues to park it there, they double park so if emergency services had to attend down that road they wouldn’t be able to get access.Help
Shaza - 30-Jan-20 @ 3:30 PM
I've lived in a road all my life (44 yrs)and still live with my parents which are now elderly and especially my mum that now has to have a special walker wheelie to get about. my dad parks on the drive but I park in the road and try to park outside just in-case my mother has to be driven anywhere if needed . what has annoyed me is people that live in flats ( 6 houses down) from me constantly park up were I live or outside my home , so I have to park else were most of the times it angers me that if my mum needs to get in my car - she will have to try to walk were im parked coz the so- and so neighbours keep parking outside our home. as im a night worker , I drive home in the mornings and cant find a space hardly and have to wait til neighbours go to work til I can park near or outside my home. there is a young couple how the father parks outside our home but has a drive way he parks on ( when he want too). I walk up the road at times thinking ( WHY CANT THESE DRIVERS PARK DOWN WERE THEY LIVE OR AROUND THE CORNER IN THE OTHER ROAD) not outside were I have elderly parents with difficulty walking as out steps have metal bars were to walk up our front steps as well and I like to park outside as incase my mum needs to be driven to anywere. what can I do ?as im this close to putting a notice on there cars telling them to moveor park were they livedown the road as they can walk properly without care. thanksyou.
mickc - 2-Jan-20 @ 7:25 AM
Hi, My neighbour has two cars and a large motor-home. They barely fit into their driveway and the last car sometimes overhangs the driveway over the pavement. When they go off in their motor-home they sometimes leave both their cars parked on the road outside my house.There is no room for myself my wife or people visiting to park cars outside our property. Our neighbours are inconsiderate and do not move their cars back into the driveway when they go away in the motor-home, which can be several days at a time. Many other neighbours in our street have 2,3 or even more cars/vans in their households, so parking elsewhere is really not an option. No-one parks outside my neighbours house when they go away in their motor-home, so am I within my rights to park outside their house, when they are preventing me from parking outside my own home ?
Colin - 17-Sep-19 @ 3:23 PM
Private property. A neighbour couple of doors down opposite deliberately tells her son to now park on our narrow road (room on drive, used to park on drive) to annoy neighbour opposite coming in and out of his property. He has a jag and wrks from home.. Other neighbours have visitors and now parking in front of my house very close to drive. As our drive slopes to one side we come out at an angle. Just barely passing parked cars. Have spoken to get and said nothing to do with her!!! Fails to see problem she is causing. Also 5 houses have home deliveries ... Blocking my drive completely... Hubby having cancer treatment, I have heart problems and Osteoarthritis both 65..this neighbour says no one should have deliveries
Lindy - 6-Aug-19 @ 3:25 PM
I am having a remodel of my home and would like to know what kind of letter/verbage to use as notification of the neighbor not parking their vehicle in the shared driveway during this time period. ( want to relinquish any responsibility after notification.
Mae - 2-Aug-19 @ 12:19 AM
There is a 12" wide strip of gravel between mine and my neighbours drives. Even though they have a double width drive the son parks his car within inches of the gravel which means he has to step onto my drive and past my husbands car to get out if his. Tonite he pulled his bin past both our cars. Can I erect a wrought iron fence to prevent him walking on my property. When I confronted the son tonite I was told to eff off and tbeyre been verbally abusive in tbe past and even wanted to fight my son
Sue Bennett - 31-Jul-19 @ 10:33 PM
I noticed the other day that my neighbour got really close to my car when parking.So the day after, I checked to see how much space she had to park before she got home.There was loads of space, more than the day previous.Imagine my shock then when she virtually took the paint off my car.It looked as though she may have actually just touched it.I went out to check and there's a tiny scratch and a couple of chips in the paintwork.I spoke to her and she said that she was aware how close she got and that if she'd hit my car she'd have known.I showed her a screenshot of the CCTV image. Her first excuse was that her neighbour left her little room and I told her that after seeing her parking the day before, I'd checked and there was plenty of room. Her second excuse was blame our side of the street instead, saying well if people moved down a bit.I said that we can only park according to the space available to us and that didn't give her the right to pump our car whenever she felt like it. I've since looked at previous footage and up to now, this is the second time that she's done this.A neighbour opposite said that she hardly ever leaves us much room even though there's plenty of room for her to park in. I'm going to continue looking at footage to see if there's an obvious bump at some stage rather than her just 'kissing' the paintwork! Is it legal to get so close when parking?
Perturbed - 18-Jul-19 @ 7:15 PM
I own a leasehold massionate in a block of 4. I have a mental health neighbour who is next door with her mum who is a council tenant that wasn’t disclosed on purchase. I learning physical disabilties and require 24/7 care and as a result brought this property to renovate and part of it was put a driveway and drop kerb and white line. The mental health neighbour constally parks on it or partly blocking my access. We have written to her, reffered her to social services for support, we have reported it to her landlord (hers is council rented and it’s her mum, the daughter with mental health just lives there) etc. We now have called police and they say let council deal with it but call 101 when happens. The police know of her and the village also. The council say they are sending out council people to speak to her and the PSCO but she has ignored the PSCO so I don’t think it’s working. We have decided to put the place on the market but worried as have to disclose this? We just don’t know what to do anymore? Thanks
Bluebells - 28-Apr-19 @ 1:24 AM
Our neighbour lives on a corner plot and has turned their tiny front garden into a driveway. Can a driveway be on a corner? There’s three quiet roads that meet at that corner, so technically traffic from three ways.
Banana75 - 17-Mar-19 @ 11:00 AM
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
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
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