Neighbor Keeps Parking in My Driveway—How To Get My Spot Back Easily
If you are looking for a solution to the “neighbor keeps parking in my driveway” issue, you can join the “my neighbors suck” club. It has millions of members, each one annoyed by a different type of neighbor from hell. DoNotPay can help you quit the membership and restore peace at home without much fuss.
When a neighbor seems to believe your driveway is public parking available to everyone, it’s time to react. Here is what you can do to stop the nearby resident from parking their car in your driveway:
- Talk to your neighbor
- Put up a sign
- Install a security camera
- Put up a fence
- Call the police
Communication is key—at least it should be with reasonable people. Whenever you’re having a problem with your neighbor, the first step should be to talk about it. If they are understanding enough, you’ll be able to solve the issue without trouble. Sometimes, even a compromise can work well for both sides.
In case you are not particularly keen on going over and talking to your neighbors, you can try a more passive-aggressive approach. Put up a sign that clearly says “no parking allowed” in front of your driveway. Provided that your neighbors can read, it should do the trick.
They can also choose to ignore the sign and pretend not to have noticed it, depending on your luck.
If your neighbors are aware that they should not park in your driveway but do so anyway, a security camera may stop them. They may be more hesitant about taking your spot when there will be clear evidence of their actions. You can use the camera footage and show it to the police if needed.
In case you tried talking to your neighbors and they keep on with the annoying parking habit, you need to take further action. Installing a fence will physically stop them and anyone else from parking in your spot. This is a peaceful and effective solution.
When it comes to installing a fence, you should find out if you need a building permit. This depends on your state’s rules. You should contact the local code enforcement office to make sure you comply with local regulations.
If you are dealing with a particularly difficult neighbor who refuses to listen to your complaints, you may need to involve law enforcement. Parking on your driveway constitutes trespassing, so you have the right to call the cops about the car taking your spot.
When calling the police, you’ll need to inform them about the type of violation and provide your and the neighbor’s address.
If you tried talking to your neighbors and still want to solve the issue without involving the police, creating a demand letter is a good idea. DoNotPay can help you with the process and inform annoying individuals about the consequences of their actions. You only need to follow a few simple steps:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Inform us whether the problem is noise, harassment, or pet behavior
- Provide us with more details about the problem with your neighbors—whether you’ve already tried talking to them, for example
DoNotPay will mail the letter to your neighbors on your behalf as soon as you complete the questionnaire.
DoNotPay can help you find a way to deal with various kinds of annoying neighbors. Take a look at the table below to see some of the most common issues people struggle with in neighbor relationships:
- Get rid of roaches coming from neighbors
- Handle a psycho neighbor
- Sort the problem out with noisy neighbors
- Block the noise from the neighbor’s yard
- Deal with annoying neighbor kids
- Write a letter to a neighbor about noise
- Deal with a bully neighbor
- Sue your neighbors for noise
- Handle nosy neighbors
- Document the harassment
- File a complaint against your neighbors
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