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How to stop my neighbor from parking in front of my house
I have lived in my current home for two years now and have experienced this problem first hand. Everyone knows there is an unwritten law that one does not park in front of another’s house consistently, yet many have this problem. Here is the best way to take back your territory!
The situation: I rent three of my rooms out and many tenants don’t park there a lot due to a busy life with work and a girlfriend but when they do, they should park in front of the house. They like this and I don’t like them to park in front of other houses.
The problem: My neighbor across from me (with a jacked up eye he needs to see a doctor about) liked to park in front of my house by the mailbox. It was an eyesore. It comes down to the principle. It’s my land and my mortgage. I don’t want to walk out of my house and have the first thing I see be your car in the first parking spot to my house. If your going through this I understand your frustration, it gets better.
The solution: This is what will solve your problem and probably the best part of the story. First, I told the owner (kid) of the car the parking situation and tried to reason with him. This is always the first thing you should do. Talk to them politely and explain everything and that you’d really appreciate them parking in front of their house. Nothing. He still parked there. Next I knocked on their door and the mother answered. She had lots of excuses to fly out of her mouth. Still nothing. Its true, they have a garage filled to the brim with garbage, two broken down cars in the driveway and a basketball hoop with its net above their first (out of two) street parking spots. Surely they should park in front of my house! I though long and hard about my options and wanted to take the emotion out of it and reach my objective. Several things ran through my head. Here’s what worked, I put out my two large green city trash-cans into the street blocking his ability to park there for several weeks. I was training him not to park there. There was initial resistance, days after the start I received a note taped on one can that said “grow up, public parking.” Incorrect, my man cave, my territory. I laughed do to the irony of immaturely taping a note informing me to grow up. I held strong and kept the trash-cans there until he figured something else out. Remember, the bottom line is that it’s your spot so stand your ground.
For more information on this topic, view an article on How to stop neighbors parking in front of my and your house.
1) Talk (explain politely and be firm they park in their spot)
2) Trash cans
3) Park your car in front of their house
4) Park your car in your spot that their parking