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A Plymouth man has been left ‘miserable’ after letting someone park in his driveway only for their car to be left outside his home for seven long months.
Back in December 2021, Omar Badran – who doesn’t drive himself – agreed to let someone park in his driveway. Flash forward seven months and the motorist’s vehicle is still sitting outside Badran’s home.
According to Badran, the driver has made no effort to remove their car and many people have said he was ‘stupid’ to have offered up the parking space in the first place.
Speaking to Plymouth Live, Badran said: “This entire thing has made me really miserable and so many people have told me I’m stupid for having allowed him to park on my driveway, but I was just trying to do a nice thing.”
He added: “I agreed on the condition that when I wanted to use my driveway again, I would be able to.”
Badran has now been forced to explore legal options as he’s had no luck getting the car off his driveway, however called the situation a ‘legal grey area’.
“You might not be able to get the council, police or the DVLA to do anything about it, even though the vehicle is uninsured, isn’t taxed and has no MOT,” he explained, adding: “I phoned up all these places and they said they couldn’t do anything.”
Badran has been able to find a solution under the Torts Act, a law designed to ‘redress a wrong done to a person and provide relief from the wrongful acts of others’, according to Investopedia.
For now, Badran has stuck a notice onto the car’s windscreen that reads: “Under the Torts Act, this vehicle will be disposed of in one week from 27/06/22 if the owner does not collect it.”
Legal professionals have also advised Badran to contact the car’s owner and make sure he gives them a ‘reasonable’ amount of time to respond before getting rid of the vehicle.
Badran explained: “There isn’t a specified time in the act but it just specifies that the time give for the individual to respond should be ‘reasonable,’ so I’ve decided to give him two weeks once I get the address from the DVLA.
"This entire thing has made me really miserable, I was just trying to do a nice thing,” he added.