Furious homeowner complains after neighbour hasn't moved car in 14 years from space they want
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Parking can often be an absolute nightmare, especially on older residential roads which are often not designed with cars in mind.
However, it seems one homeowner has been left perplexed by their neighbours after claiming they have parked in front of their house, despite having a driveway.
They also claim that the two cars parked there have been completely unused since 2009.
The complainant took to Reddit to share their concern, arguing that if their neighbour were to just get rid of the two cars on the driveway then they wouldn't need to park on the street.
They wrote: "I need some advice.
"This might make me sound petty, and maybe I am. I have a neighbour in the suburbs who has had two cars in their driveway, unused, since 2009 as seen on Google Maps (one actually since at least Sept 2007 but the street view only goes that far back).
"As a result, they park in the road in front of their house, but also in front of my house on the only part of the street where our guests would naturally park.
"Most of the other spots on our street are taken up by other people who have rear garages and don't use them for cars, or have too many cars to fit on their own property."
Describing the cars, the Canadian native said: "One's an early 90s Pontiac Grand Am with flat tires and an open window for at least six years) and an 80s Chev Pickup truck that had a tree growing into the open passenger window for years until somebody finally trimmed the tree."
He said that he had spoke with the neighbour in question two years ago about donating the vehicles, to which they agreed.
"I heard from the Donate-a-car people that they never responded to multiple calls and messages. These are not vehicles of value and having them sit in the driveway clogs up an already full street." they said.
They then clarified in an edit that he tells his guests to park in his driveway '100 percent of the time' as it would be 'selfish' and 'discourteous' to have them park in the road.
"These are not vehicles of value and having them sit in the driveway clogs up an already full street. Of course this is also the house on the street in #1 position when it comes to needing repairs and being visibly in decay." they continued.
"I know everyone's financial position can't allow for a perfect property, but ditching old cars valued at $0-50 to free up street parking would be nice for everyone."
However, people were less than sympathetic in their responses.
One replied: "Unfortunately, you have no claim over street parking, including the spots where your guests "would naturally park". Even if the cars were removed, they may still choose to park on the street rather than their driveway. Plenty of people in my neighbourhood do."
Another wrote: "Definitely super petty. Maybe discover a better way to use your free time than complaining about your neighbours property."
However, another had a suggestion for a possible solution, writing: "You can call bylaw. The land use bylaw prohibits the storage of dilapidated vehicles on a property unless contained within a building.
"You can’t force them off the street parking though."