If you have a driveway and there is a pavement in front of your home, you MUST have a dropped kerb in place. Construction of a dropped kerb requires prior permission from your local highways department and must be completed by an approved contractor.
When a neighbour constantly blocks your driveway it can be very frustrating! Whether they just can't be bothered be park further down the street, or they don't realise the problem, what can you do?
Talk to your neighbour
We would always recommend trying to speak to your neighbour about any problems. Try to pop round for a quick chat. If they are always out or you don't feel comfortable talking to them face to face, try sending them an informal note. If this doesn't work, then a more formal letter may be required.
To assist, a template informal note and more formal letter are below:
Informal Note to a Neighbour Parking Across Your Driveway
Just a quick note regarding where your [car/van/motorbike] is parked. You might not have noticed, but your vehicle is quite often parked in front of [my/our] driveway meaning that we are unable to get in/out of our driveway.
Please could you park slightly further up the street so that [I/we] can use [my/our] driveway? Thanks for your help.
[Name] [Your house number]
Formal Letter to Neighbour Blocking Your Driveway
[Neighbour's name] [Address / 'Delivered by hand'] [Date] Dear [Neighbour's name]/[If unknown, just address as 'Dear Neighbour'],
Re: Access to driveway at [your address]
I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to problems that I have experienced in obtaining access to my driveway.
You may have previously been unaware of this problem. However it is preventing me from accessing my private property in order to park my car. I require access to my driveway way at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Parking in front of the entrance to is a breach of the Highway Code (rule 243). There are other available parking spaces that you can use further up the street that will not block any driveways. I am keen to resolve this amicably; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could avoid parking in front of my driveway going forwards.
I live in a bungalow and have have driveway as part of the property. I have neighbours who live opposite me and is constantly blocking the driveway. I don't drive but when family come over they can't park on the driveway. Also their car is parked at a lower kerb. Its really starting to annoy me.
I have contacted my local council about getting something done.
If anyone is parked outside of our property and they can't get the space, I have noticed that they react in a rather immature way yet the neighbours who are blocking the driveway are slightly older from what I can tell. Now they can park just a few feet up from theirs but yet somehow they always park where the entrance.to my driveway is causing an obstruction
Cece - 16-May-23 @ 9:19 PM
My neighbour is drying his laundry making it difficult for me to use my drive way. Tried to talk to him but nothing worked. Any advice please?
Ionut - 13-Nov-22 @ 5:00 AM
The rough, pikey looking woman (45 years old) who rents the house next-door to me in Maidstone, Kent, who lives with her 70 years husband and her 15 year old son (not his son), has her Dad (75), his wife (70) and their adopted daughter (12) around the two bedroom terraced house all the time. The adults all smoke in the house and the walls are paper thin so you hear everything, they get louder and louder the more they drink. The Dad only lives 5 minutes walk around the corner, but always has to drive to the house next-door (he and the rest of them are not disable).The parking situation is really bad, especially as the man next-door drives a big, leased car that takes up two spaces. I have had the woman's Dad parking in front of my driveway (we paid to turn our front garden in a driveway), so I am unable to park on my own driveway when I get back in the evenings.
Lisa - 9-Jun-22 @ 8:33 PM
We are frequently having our relaxing weekend ruined by our noisy Neighbours children. This is caused mainly bly by their daughter who continually screams with her high pitched voice. We found out when we complained totothe parents last year ,that the previous owner of our house actually contacted the police thinking that the child was being molested. They were told to keep the noise to an acceptable level and to stop her screaming.
This failed to do anything and the noise coming from the child when she uses the Jacuzzi,(which is next to our
fence) sounds as if she was being molested.
My wife and I are forced to retreat into our house to try and get some peace and quite . We have to close all doors and windows and if we try to watch the T.V the volume has to be turned up.
I would appreciate your advice on how to go forward with this nuisance .
tony - 22-May-22 @ 8:11 PM
I have a row of conifers at the front of my property, just inside the wire fence.
My neighour has been cutting the top of the trees and coming onto my property, without my permission, and cutting the front of them as well.
Last year I asked him to stop doing this as they are on my property and he does not have permission to do so.He said he thought he owned them and I pointed out that they were on my property. He agreed to seek permission if he wanted to cut the tops and that he wouldcease cutting the front of them.
I have just come home and he has cut them again, top and front.
I don't feel I can talk to him again as he is clearly taking no notice of me.
How should I proceed?
I only want to get a solicitor involved as a last resort.
Chris - 19-Jun-21 @ 1:22 PM
Hi, my property has a right of way to the rear of my property.
It is long established, over 44 years at least.
A car wash business bought the land which includes the jetty which
I have a right of way over. The land owner knows I have the right of way
along the jetty. It says on my house deeds that the right of way must
be kept clear at all times to allow passsage 8 feet wide for horse
and carriage. The jetty had a partition fence 8 feet high and established
in situ for at least 2 deades. The landowner took this partition fence down
and also removed and destroyed a gate/domestic garage door so as to gain
access to store scaffolding and building materials inside the jetty.
I erected the garage door/gate with the previous owners permission and knowledge in 1999.
The previous owners did not cobtribute to the refurbishing of the jetty
or the erection of the garage door. After the landowner dumped a scrap
car as near to my back garden as possible, I renewed the dividing fence that the previous owners allowed to rot and disintegrate. I did this to protect
my property from total invasion.
When I erected the fence and a gate, the land owner employed two rough
looking gentlemen to attach two large, eight feet high corrugated sheets
to my wooden back gate. These corrugated sheets were are the same ones
that formed the division between the previous business premises and the
jetty/ right of way.
So the landowner knows he is acting illegally, but what I want to know is, what I can do to regain my right of way?
I do not want a letter writing campaign to merely threaten/inform/request him to reinstate my right of way, I would like to know what can be done
to make him comply.
Am I wasting my time with the legal process?
Thanks for any advice given.
stokeite - 30-Apr-21 @ 5:44 PM
I feel like my neighbor is a pedophile and he refuses to tell me his last name so I can’t look him up also I’m pretty sure he is an illegal what do I do? Last week he ran into our fire hydrant drunk with his kids in the car and the fled and ran from the cops for days and days. I don’t know if the cops are still looking for him but either way that whole house gives our families the creepy vibes. We’ve tried being nice and having bbqs with them to move through the tension but It just doesn’t work.