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BUTLER REDSFAN
12-06-2011, 10:03 PM
Ok, I realize this is petty but....if a neighbor(or two different neighbors in my case) parked their car(or work van) in front of your house at times for days at a time, would that upset you?

I live on a small cul-de-sac street. Each house on this street has a 2 car garage and driveways that will hold at least 4 cars. The family directly across the street has 3 cars and the husband has a work van. They have so much stuff in their garage they never put a car in the garage but they never have more than 2 cars in their driveway at any time. The husband has apparently decided that he is going to start leaving his van parked on my side of the street directly in front of my house and parks it on Friday afternoons and leaves it there until he goes back to work on Mondays. Yet over the weekend as I said they have room for all of their vehicles in their driveway. I look at it like if you have a driveway then use it.

To be fair he isnt blocking anything and we have never crossed words with each other but some days I just laugh about it and then other days for some reason it honks me off and I think about parking my car in front of his house just to see what would happen.

Reds4Life
12-06-2011, 10:06 PM
It's a public street, let it go and get over it.

jojo
12-06-2011, 10:23 PM
Simple solution..... Start parking your vehicle in front of his house.....

Larry Schuler
12-06-2011, 10:26 PM
Some communities have laws about overnight street parking. Perhaps you can check with your city and see what the rules are. Obviously, the easiest answer is to just get over it but I would check- there are often laws/rules that support your case.

Newport Red
12-06-2011, 10:53 PM
Simple solution..... Start parking your vehicle in front of his house.....

Or park your car in front of your house. He'll have no choice but to park elsewhere.

BUTLER REDSFAN
12-06-2011, 11:02 PM
Or park your car in front of your house. He'll have no choice but to park elsewhere.

Have thought about it but he must get off before I do as he is always home by the time I get home....and I have a driveway which I actually use...The way it works for me is the one time I park out in the street just to prove a point or be a smart alec will be the one time my car gets hit or broken into...It's a Murphys Law sort of thing :D

BuckeyeRedleg
12-06-2011, 11:36 PM
Ok, I realize this is petty but....if a neighbor(or two different neighbors in my case) parked their car(or work van) in front of your house at times for days at a time, would that upset you?

I live on a small cul-de-sac street. Each house on this street has a 2 car garage and driveways that will hold at least 4 cars. The family directly across the street has 3 cars and the husband has a work van. They have so much stuff in their garage they never put a car in the garage but they never have more than 2 cars in their driveway at any time. The husband has apparently decided that he is going to start leaving his van parked on my side of the street directly in front of my house and parks it on Friday afternoons and leaves it there until he goes back to work on Mondays. Yet over the weekend as I said they have room for all of their vehicles in their driveway. I look at it like if you have a driveway then use it.

To be fair he isnt blocking anything and we have never crossed words with each other but some days I just laugh about it and then other days for some reason it honks me off and I think about parking my car in front of his house just to see what would happen.

Yes, it would bother me. Not sure what you can do about it though. Maybe ask him to park in front of his own house?

If that doesn't work just throw a rock through his window. I kid.

foxfire123
12-06-2011, 11:51 PM
Do you have an HOA? Call and see if that's allowed and if not, let them deal with it. that's why you pay the fees every year. :)

Johnny Footstool
12-07-2011, 12:01 AM
Talk to him.

I know...crazy, right? But hear me out.

Strike up a conversation with the guy. Talk about sports, or whatever. Chances are, he'll eventually bring up the fact that he's parking in front of your house, because he knows he's doing it. You'll probably joke about it a little, and next weekend, he just might park in his own driveway.

If he keeps parking in front of your house, then start thinking of all the clever ways to one-up him. But for now, talk to him.

Yachtzee
12-07-2011, 12:18 AM
If you have spoken with him before and he seems like a decent person, I would talk to him. But having worked in a city law department, sometimes talking to a neighbor directly can set things off in the wrong direction. I would look into the local ordinances first to see what the rules on street parking are. Considering it's a cul-de-sac and not a city street with apartments and a lack of parking, street parking overnight may be banned. Also, depending on what side of the street the fire hydrants are on, parking on that side might be banned as well. And of course, with winter coming, parking on the street may cause problems for the snow plow, especially on a narrow cul-de-sac.

You might want to call your local law department and ask for advice on street parking and how to proceed. They may just tell you what the rules are and let you talk to the neighbor yourself, or if it violates an ordinance, they may decide to send him a warning letter themselves to avoid any unpleasant confrontations between neighbors. Normally law departments don't like to get involved in neighbor disputes, but as this involves a public street, they may want to in order to make sure ordinances are being abided by.

Roy Tucker
12-07-2011, 08:30 AM
Talk to him.

I know...crazy, right? But hear me out.

Strike up a conversation with the guy. Talk about sports, or whatever. Chances are, he'll eventually bring up the fact that he's parking in front of your house, because he knows he's doing it. You'll probably joke about it a little, and next weekend, he just might park in his own driveway.

If he keeps parking in front of your house, then start thinking of all the clever ways to one-up him. But for now, talk to him.

Yep, this is what I'd do too. This is one of those things you try to finesse first before resorting to heavey-handed tactics.

Due to the demographics of our street, we have a lot of kids that are of driving age. Hence we have a lot of cars that park on the street. The Tucker fleet currently numbers 5 so we have 2 cars in the garage, 1 in the driveway, and 2 in the street. Several families around us have the same kind of thing. It's a bit of an unwritten rule that the spots in front of our houses "belong" to us. Kids come and go a lot and having to hike down the street is a bit of a pain.

This past summer, we had a neighbor who's daughter + husband were staying with them because their house was getting renovated. They parked their car in front of our house and did it so it took up 2 spots. And left it there for a few days resulting in much griping from the Tucker street parkers (to me since somehow I caused this problem). So one Saturday when I was outside in the yard working, I kept an eye on their house. When Dave came out to get the mail, I did a "howdy neighbor" wave and engaged him in a conversation. After a friendly conversation and, in parting, I asked her to ask his daughter to move the car up so we could use one of the spots and explained parking and kids and blah blah. The next day, their car was over in front of their house.

bucksfan2
12-07-2011, 08:55 AM
If you have spoken with him before and he seems like a decent person, I would talk to him. But having worked in a city law department, sometimes talking to a neighbor directly can set things off in the wrong direction. I would look into the local ordinances first to see what the rules on street parking are. Considering it's a cul-de-sac and not a city street with apartments and a lack of parking, street parking overnight may be banned. Also, depending on what side of the street the fire hydrants are on, parking on that side might be banned as well. And of course, with winter coming, parking on the street may cause problems for the snow plow, especially on a narrow cul-de-sac.

You might want to call your local law department and ask for advice on street parking and how to proceed. They may just tell you what the rules are and let you talk to the neighbor yourself, or if it violates an ordinance, they may decide to send him a warning letter themselves to avoid any unpleasant confrontations between neighbors. Normally law departments don't like to get involved in neighbor disputes, but as this involves a public street, they may want to in order to make sure ordinances are being abided by.

Trying to remember my drivers training years ago but I thought a parked car could not be parked for over 24 hours without moving it. If he is moving it within that period I don't think there is anything you can do.

Just because you have a garage and driveway for 4 cars doesn't mean it makes sense to park all 4 in the driveway. You have people leaving at different times in the morning and it would be a hassle every morning to move the cars around before work. I know when I was growing up we had a big driveway and 2 car garage but I parked on the street every day. We also were in the cul-de-sac and I parked in front of a neighbor's house. I know this, my mom sure as heck wasn't parking anywhere but the garage, even if she was the first to leave in the morning.

Johnny Footstool
12-07-2011, 12:35 PM
If he gets a letter from law enforcement, or from the homeowners' association, he'll probably figure out that who complained, and he'll probably be pretty upset that the person didn't come talk to him beforehand.

I suggest talking to him. Not about the parking, though. Not at first. Just chat with him. If he brings up the parking, talk about it. If he doesn't, don't mention it, but talk to him again a couple days later and mention it then.

pedro
12-07-2011, 01:33 PM
I live on a street where most houses don't have a driveways and every time somebody new moves in things go haywire for a while when they (and their friends) park in front of their neighbors houses rather than their own. Usually someone will say something to them eventually to the effect that as no one has driveways the "quid pro quo" is that we all treat the spaces in front of our houses as as our "driveways" and that I won't ever park in front of your house and I would appreciate it if you tried your best not to park in front of mine. Occasionally a note has been left with a gentle reminder when this persists. This really becomes important in the winter here when it's raining all the time. Shlepping groceries in the pouring rain from that spot at the end of the street sucks.

Talking to them directly and in a nice manner is the best solution IMO.

LoganBuck
12-07-2011, 01:41 PM
Walk over and take a dump in his yard.

Or

Just talk to him about it.

Yachtzee
12-07-2011, 04:29 PM
Trying to remember my drivers training years ago but I thought a parked car could not be parked for over 24 hours without moving it. If he is moving it within that period I don't think there is anything you can do.

Just because you have a garage and driveway for 4 cars doesn't mean it makes sense to park all 4 in the driveway. You have people leaving at different times in the morning and it would be a hassle every morning to move the cars around before work. I know when I was growing up we had a big driveway and 2 car garage but I parked on the street every day. We also were in the cul-de-sac and I parked in front of a neighbor's house. I know this, my mom sure as heck wasn't parking anywhere but the garage, even if she was the first to leave in the morning.

A ban on overnight parking is different from the 24 hour rule. It varies from city to city based on local ordinances. Our city has the following bans - no overnight parking on residential streets; no parking on the fire hydrant side of the street; no parking on street when it snows. These restrictions are posted on signs on all streets entering the city. So if a car is parked on the street in the wee hours of the morning, they can get a ticket. If they park on the side of the street with the fire hydrants on it, they can get a ticket. Same with snow.

One the main reasons for the street parking bans is that many of our residential streets just aren't wide enough. On our street, if two cars are parked opposite each other on either side of the street, there is barely enough room for a passenger vehicle to get through. Even with one car parked on the side of the street, there isn't enough room for two way traffic. The primary concern from the city's point of view is that overnight street parking, a time when people are most likely to be home with all their extra cars, can make it difficult for emergency response vehicles, city maintenance trucks, and snow plows to get through. This is particularly true on cul-de-sac streets, where there is only one way in and out.

Things may be different in other cities. For example, Pedro mentioned he lives in a neighborhood where houses have no driveways. In his case, the city doesn't have an overnight parking ban because it would leave people in his neighborhood without a place to park. It was the same way when I lived in Chicago, but there the city required you to buy a parking permit to park on the street in certain neighborhoods. And of course there was the unwritten rule that you could put tables and chairs in your spot to save it when you dig yourself out after a snow storm.

Redsfaithful
12-07-2011, 09:01 PM
I get that it's awkward, but this is why you want to know your neighbors pretty well, so that if they do something irritating you can ask them to stop and it'll probably go well. If you're the friendly guy across the street someone's going to be a lot more willing to help you out then if you're the guy who never talks to any of your neighbors.

goreds2
12-19-2011, 11:59 AM
I am lucky that on my side of the street there is no parking. (My garage is in the rear alley.) That would be a pain for me if parking was allowed. I hope it works out. Keep us updated.

Why not post this sign?

http://www.sfusualsuspects.com/wp-content/uploads/no-parking.jpg

RBA
12-19-2011, 04:56 PM
I helped my parents move over the last few days. I drove a uhaul truck and parked it next to the house as close as possible to unload. It so happens the truck etched over into the neighbor's routine street parking area. The woman nearly had a cow that I had the nerve to park in a portion of that space. So, being Mr Nice, I closed up the Uhaul, put away the ramp and moved the truck a few feet to appease the Neighbor. I guess some people cannot cope for a few hours.

dougdirt
12-19-2011, 07:45 PM
Growing up, we had five cars in my house. My parents had one work car each, my dad also had a casual car he drove when he wasn't going to work. Then my brother and I each had a car. Because of our schedules, my brother and I always parked on the street, while my parents always parked in the driveway. If they aren't harming anything by using the spot, it is probably done so they don't have to play car carousel everytime someone needs to leave given that they have multiple cars with multiple drivers.

Outlaw133
12-19-2011, 09:00 PM
Talk to him.

I know...crazy, right? But hear me out.

Strike up a conversation with the guy. Talk about sports, or whatever. Chances are, he'll eventually bring up the fact that he's parking in front of your house, because he knows he's doing it. You'll probably joke about it a little, and next weekend, he just might park in his own driveway.

If he keeps parking in front of your house, then start thinking of all the clever ways to one-up him. But for now, talk to him.

Possibly the most common-sense post I have ever read on any topic on any board. It's amazing how communication improves when people actually talk.

Chrietic
12-22-2011, 04:58 PM
It's a public street, let it go and get over it.

agreeed.

edabbs44
12-26-2011, 08:06 PM
Walk over and take a dump in his yard.

Or

Just talk to him about it.

Bust some bottles in the street, around his car.

RBA
12-27-2011, 12:11 PM
Bust some bottles in the street, around his car.

Just pick up a golf club and go Elin Nordegren on the car.

TeamSelig
12-31-2011, 01:22 AM
Any update?

goreds2
01-11-2012, 12:38 PM
Any update? :)

BUTLER REDSFAN
01-11-2012, 01:10 PM
He has been parking his work van in front of my house on Fridays when he gets home from work and will leave it there until he goes back to work on Mondays for several weeks now. Last Friday I had my wife pull our van out there around 3 in the afternoon. He shockingly parked his van in his driveway all weekend long and so far hasnt parked out there since. Maybe he took the hint???

Larry Schuler
01-11-2012, 03:26 PM
So you didn't buy him a drink and try to relate to him?