Post # 1
Hi bees, I used this board to lurk for ideas while planning and only recently came back to use the classifieds. But, I have a question and hopefully you can help. 🙂 <br /><br />My husband and I moved into our first home (hooray!) in October. It is the end unit of a set of townhomes. There is no assigned parking, which we didn’t think would be a problem as both times we went to see our house there was a spot right in front for us to park in. Yes, we should have asked about the parking situation before we bought the house, but we already own it, so there’s no going back now. The problem is that our next door neighbor continually parks in the spot closest to our home. This is hard to describe, but directly in front of our house is a small grassy area with no parking spot, but there are spots right next to it that go down the entire unit of houses. So, our neighbor basically has two spots right in front of their house and they always parked their van in the spot closest to our home. Not a huge deal because My husband and I would park in the spot right next to it and then we’d find another spot that was close. Now, they have another car which is a big truck and they are taking up both of the spaces that are actually close to our home. Now it’s not like we have to walk miles home or anything like that, it’s more of a minor annoyance. The part that bothers me is that another one of our neighbors told us that they never parked in those spots the whole time the previous homeowners (owned the home for 20+ years) lived there. I feel like it is petty to say something about it, but it is a bit strange to me that they couldn’t leave one spot for us to use. So I am looking for advice. Should I just let it go as it isn’t really a huge problem? Would you say something to the neighbors? Is there anything else I could do? Anything is appreciated even if you think I should just get over it 😉 . Thanks!<br /><br /><br />
Post # 2
I would probably say something (in a friendly way). It’s odd that they’d use the spot that’s closest to your house, as I’d just assume that’s your spot, even more odd that they never used it before you moved in…
Post # 3
I don’t know what the laws are where you live, but here parking spots in strata units are either common property or limited common property. What did your Bill of Sale say in regards to the parking spot?
You will also need to check your strata Bylaws to see if the parking spots are common property (meaning anyone can use them) or limited common property (meaning a certain unit has exclusive use of the spot)? If the spot is limited common property, you are within your rights to ask them not to park there. If it’s common property, as much as it is a nuisance for you, they have every right to park there.
How many parking spots are there? If there is only one spot per townhouse, and they have two vehicles, they are going to be using somebody’s spot for their second vehicle. They may have picked you because you are the newest neighbour and they have no relationship to you. Again, you need to check the bylaws and rules about the parking spots.
Post # 4
Is there parking close to your house (even if it isn’t the closest?). I would not say anything if that’s the case. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. I wouldn’t want to have a bad relationship with my neighbor.
Post # 5
Since it’s not assigned parking, I wouldn’t say anything. Not that big a deal to me. Weird though, if there’s a spot closer to their house that they’re passing up to park closer to your house.
Post # 6
If you dont have an easement giving you the right to the space in front of your house, you really have no leg to stand on.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t say anything to my neighbors. I would talk about them behind their backs, be nice to their faces, and try to beat them to those spots every day.
Post # 8
our townhouse community is the same way. I wouldn’t say anything. If the spot closest to my house is open I park there, if not I park elsewhere. Unfortunately that’s the price you pay for living in a community with no private driveways or spots.
Post # 9
We have the same set up as you! In general, people just park in front of their own house although the spots are not assigned. It’s a rare occasion that someone parks in “our” spot- usually when someone has a guest visiting so it’s usually just a few hours. I would say something to your new neighbors.
Post # 10
So I’m going to go slightly against the grain here and say I would talk to them. Nicely. Something on the lines of “I don’t know if you have realized this, but you are using both of the parking spots closest to our home and while it isn’t that big of a deal, we really would appreciate it if you would leave one of those for us and park your truck else where.”
They can say no unless you own the spot (which it doesn’t look like you do) but it can’t hurt to ask. Maybe the previous owners called them out on their assholishness and they feel like they can continue the assholishness now that they are gone?
Post # 11
Since there isnt assigned parking, I would talk to the neighbors and politely ASK if they can leave the space closest to your house open for you to park in. Them not parking there previously probably isnt malicious, perhaps they got a new vehicle or had someone else move in with them so now they have more vehicles.
If you approach them in the right way, they’ll probably be receptive
Post # 12
Well, I’m going to assume that the spot is equally convenient to them….and that it’s not going to be new information that the spot they park in is close to your house. So I guess I don’t really think pointing out the obvious to them will do anything. …
Post # 13
I would ask them nicely to leave that parking space for you since they already have one in front of their place. It’s just a respect thing , would they like it if you took both their spots?
Post # 14
Is it possible to use one car between you two and keep the other one there for a certain period of time so they get used to not having it available? Or try to get there before they do? It sounds like it’s all just common property and it’s probably the closest two spots to their place as well. If so, you don’t really have a leg to stand on and it would be a “first in, best dressed” situation.
Post # 15
Sorry but this is a case of first in best dressed.