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Shared driveway dispute

edited 26 August 2012 at 8:20PM in Housing benefit help
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homesandcastleshomesandcastles Forumite
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edited 26 August 2012 at 8:20PM in Housing benefit help
Hi,

We have a problem with access to the driveway of my late mother-in-laws property. The driveway leads up to two properties, with a split at the top one leading to ours the other to our neighbours. The driveway has a right of easement for both properties. Each house has parking for 4 cars. Because our property is unoccupied while we have been sorting out the estate and trying to sell it, our neighbours have been parking on our drive and also down the access driveway, frequently there are up to 12 cars parked there making it impossible to reach our property. Despite frequent appeals to the neighbours and constant promises that it won’t happen again they still continue to block the drive. We have had one offer on the property retracted and this week 4 viewings cancelled on the fact that the driveway is a problem.

What are our options? We don't really want to go down the legal route but itis making it incredibly difficult to sell the house?
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  • Perhaps a legal route style letter will be sufficient (without actually going down the legal route) to make sure it doesn't happen again!
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  • themull1themull1 Forumite
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    I know its a shared drive, but is it not wide enough to be split?
  • pvtpvt Forumite
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    You need to be aware that if you escalate this in any way, then when you come to sell the house there will be a question in the "enquireis before contract" asking if there is any dispute with any neighbours over access or boundaries. You will have to answer that honestly, otherwise, if the buyer subsequently has trouble with that neighbour and discovers there's history, whether related to this issue or not, you're open to being sued by them.

    So, as suggested, it would be far better to start by trying to resolve this amicably and without recourse to letters, from solicitors or otherwise.
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    buy a/some bangers to fill the drive?
  • Badger_LadyBadger_Lady Forumite
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    What on earth are they doing with 12 cars??
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  • edited 27 August 2012 at 11:13AM
    homesandcastleshomesandcastles Forumite
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    edited 27 August 2012 at 11:13AM
    The driveway is only one car wide so when there are cars parked you can't get past.
    they have three teenagers who have there own cars and then when there friends turn up in their cars they just park where they like. there is plenty off on road parking but that would mean having to walk an extra 30ft.
  • themull1themull1 Forumite
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    The driveway is only one car wide so when there are cars parked you can't get past.
    they have three teenagers who have there own cars and then when there friends turn up in their cars they just park where they like. there is plenty off on road parking but that would mean having to walk an extra 30ft.

    Can you extend the drive sideways into your garden?
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    Why not get the EA to inform potential buyers/viewers that you do have rights to the property re parking etc but, while the house has been unoccupied, you have given VERBAL permission to your neighbour to use your drive for parking to give the impression that the house IS occupied.
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    Just block the drive with your car or an old second hand one to see how they like it.
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  • edited 27 August 2012 at 2:24PM
    pvtpvt Forumite
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    edited 27 August 2012 at 2:24PM
    Valli wrote: »
    Why not get the EA to inform potential buyers/viewers that you do have rights to the property re parking etc but, while the house has been unoccupied, you have given VERBAL permission to your neighbour to use your drive for parking to give the impression that the house IS occupied.

    So you're advising the OP to lie then?

    Edit - actually that's a bit harsh - I guess your suggesting he gets the EA to lie, which is their stock in trade anyway. I suppose that's more acceptable.
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