A Man Bought an Apartment with Two Parking Spaces but Didn’t Own a Car, when His Neighbor Parked There, the Man’s Guests Were Forced onto The Street

A man and his family moved to a new apartment, with one of the biggest selling points being the inclusion of two reserved parking spaces. The man had yet to purchase a car to use in the spaces, and this would actually cause him more trouble than he could realistically have predicted. 

The Alluring Parking Spaces

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The two parking spaces that were included in the rental agreement were split up – one was indoors, and the other outdoors. Having faced the nightly parking struggle in their previous apartment, these spaces were a significant upgrade for the family.

Neighborly Introduction

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Upon moving in, the man introduced himself to his neighbor, who had the same arrangement of two parking spaces. However, the neighbor owned two cars and a van, so he frequently utilized a third spot for his vehicles. 

He Would Soon Have a Car

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The man recognized that as of yet, his parking spaces appeared unused. For this reason, he felt it was necessary to express his intention to purchase a car in the future to his new neighbor, helping to mark his territory in case the empty spaces gave him ideas. 

Silent Observations

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Despite these hopes, the man noticed something concerning. “For the first month, I noticed my neighbor was using both my spots”, he explained. “The indoor for storage, and the outdoor to park his car, or that of his guests”.

Keeping Things Amicable

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During this time, the man chose to remain silent, not wanting to spark a conflict so early in their new residence. His current non-use of the parking spaces also contributed to this decision.

An Unwanted Occurrence

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However, a lot of time had passed yet the neighbor continued to occupy the man’s outdoor parking space for his cars. The tipping point came when the man’s brother-in-law had to hunt for street parking when visiting, all because the neighbor’s car was blocking their designated spot.

The Initial Confrontation

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Now that he had been directly affected by his neighbor’s actions, the man decided to directly address the issue. “I approached him politely and told him that even if the spots remain empty a majority of the time, I would appreciate it if he would not feel free to use them”, the man recounted.

Setting Boundaries

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In an entitled response, the neighbor offered the man his phone number, suggesting that he could call him whenever he needed the parking space freed up. The man declined, firmly believing that he shouldn’t have to ask anyone to vacate his own parking spot.

Justifiable Frustration

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The man reminded his neighbor that he had two parking spots of his own and shouldn’t depend on the man’s spaces just because they were currently unused. The neighbor disapproved, and this stance led to an unsatisfying end to the conversation.

Posting on Forums

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The man shared his dilemma with his internet friends on an online forum, hoping to receive support and understanding. Thankfully, this is exactly what his e-friends provided him with: “I would take it up with your management”, suggested one reader. “He has no right to your parking spots just because it’s convenient for him. If he wants another spot he could pay for one”.

He’s Taking Advantage

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Some readers believed that the man was being taken advantage of by his neighbor. “If he wants to use your spots, he can pay you to rent them”, another person pointed out. “YOU are paying rent to use those spots. He’s taking advantage of you being too meek to defend yourself.”

Petty Revenge

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One evil genius suggested some ‘petty revenge’, which they believed would solve the man’s problems for good. “Start calling him at 2am every time his car is in your spot, and saying you need it moved immediately”, they laughed. “Technically you called him as per his “Just give me a call, it’s no problem” request.”

Serious Advice

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Another writer commented with their advice, but this time it was a more serious suggestion. “Just report him to the building administration”, started the commenter. “If that fails, call the police, or get his car towed.”

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