When you bought a house with ample parking space and widen driveway. It's one of the most annoying things to ever happen to you: someone random has just parked their car in your driveway. Following 5 tips may help you stop someone parking on your driveway.
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No.1 Negotiate with the Person Directly
Firstly, you should try and find out if any of your neighbors know whose car it is or if they saw the person who parked there. If you fail to find the person via neighbors and bystanders, paste a note on the car’s window: Hi friend, please don’t park your car in my driveway.
When you figure out the perpetrator, you should talk to her/him friendly and ask for move their car and don’t park there again. You need to pay attention to two points during negotiation.
- Try to keep clam. Even though you are annoyed with this issue, severe warning or loud yelling will make things worse.
- Be polite and friendly. Most people will be convinced.
If they refuse to drive car away or your note is ineffective. You are preparing to play hardball with the car’s owner, which means you can contact the parking authority or police.
No.2 Call the police
When you find someone parked in your driveway, the quickest solution is to remove the car yourself by hiring a private tow truck. But it is not advised, the owner may pursue a civil action against you if the car is damaged.
So you should seek legal actions first, such as calling the police. Generally, the police will ticket the car and tow it. Sometimes the police will not call for the tow truck, but you can get a document from them that you are allowed to call tow companies and pay for tow bills. Although the tow fee will be on you, the owner of the car would still have to pay for the ‘storage fees’, which can help you prevent people's vehicles from blocking your drive.
No.3 Install a Security Camera
Mount an outdoor security cameras will be your excellent choice. The security camera will help you to monitor these people who blocked your driveway or stolen your car. Meanwhile, the camera keeps the videos as evidence for later investigation.
Also, put up an obvious sticker stating that this place is under 24/7 video surveillance. Those people would not dare to park their cars in your driveway since they don’t want to get caught in the act.
No.4 Put up Signs
Possibly, the most constructive way to avoid illegal parking in your driveway is to use “NO PARKING” sign in big, bold lettering. Besides, you can put up a sign in your driveway informing that blocking the driveway will result in the vehicle being towed at the car owners’ expenses.
Fear of towing away the vehicle is a scary one for the car’s owner. Nobody wants their vehicle to be towed and forced to pay tow fees themselves.
No.5 Install a Fence
A physical barrier such as traffic cones, collapsible bollards, fencing or gate should act as a deterrent. Since traffic cones are easy to be taken away by others and collapsible bollard is inconvenient for cars in and out. Many people suggest installing a fence. Before attempting to install a new fence, you should contact the local code enforcement office to ensure it’s complied with local regulations. Whether or not you need a building permit depends on your city and country’s regulations.
There are a few rules that homeowners should follow.
- Fence height
In some countries or areas, a fence must be lower the closer it is to a public road. Tall fences are likely to block a driver's view of the road and of oncoming traffic and pedestrians when the driver is pulling or backing out of the driveway. Avoid creates hazards for drivers and pedestrians, we recommend the maximum height for fences in front of a home is 3 feet.
- Fence Materials
Most communities with a homeowner’s association have strict rules for fencing materials. Whether you plan to use what kind of fencing materials, please ensure code compliance by checking with your zoning office. For example, cinder block and barbed wire fences are banned materials for fencing in some residential areas. In addition, you can get in trouble with the fence location. Don’t forget to consult it as well.