A Woman Shared Her Driveway with The Neighbors, but When They Requested that Her Husband Park His Car in The Street She Refused – Is She Petty or Principled?”

A woman had recently started renting a new home with her husband and child, and they loved it. However, their driveway was shared with their neighbors, and this would soon prove to be the source of a neighborly dispute. 

Friendly Neighbors 

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The woman recounted her joy to discover her neighbors were friendly: “They were polite and came over to introduce themselves. They’re our age, 3 roommates, and seemed super friendly. They said that the house had been empty for a while and they were happy to have new neighbors.”

Almost Perfect

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The new home felt almost perfect for the couple, but there was one drawback. “We share our driveway with our neighbors,” she explained. “However, we figured that this was no big deal – we could just stay on our own respective sides.”

Initial Parking Arrangement

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Both households had multiple cars, and for the first two weeks, the couple’s thoughts proved to be correct. The couple parked their two cars on their side, whilst the neighbors parked their three cars on their side.

Request for Street Parking

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However, a twist occurred when, one evening, the neighbors approached the couple with a request. “They told us that, in the past, the previous tenants of our home would park on the street, giving them full access to the driveway, and asked that we do the same,” she recounted.

Their Reasoning

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The neighbors explained that each of the housemates had jobs that started and finished at different times. This meant that every time one of them had to leave, they all had to reshuffle their parking. They also mentioned that the woman’s husband didn’t use his car often, so it was simply sitting in the way. 

Woman’s Work Schedule

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The woman had an 8-5 work schedule, so this was consistently getting in her neighbors’ way. However, she hesitated to agree to the neighbors’ request. “We’ve got a child, and I don’t like the idea of having to load up car seats and whatnot in the middle of the street – it doesn’t feel safe.” 

Past Experiences

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Furthermore, the woman continued to explain that in the couple’s previous property, their car was demolished due to a crash. A man was texting whilst driving, not looking where he was going, and wrote off their car. She was not willing to risk this happening again. 

A Firm Stand on the Issue

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Due to these reasons, the woman firmly expressed her discomfort with the idea of street parking for the neighbors’ convenience. She emphasized to them that it was her driveway as much as it was theirs, and she shouldn’t have to compromise just because previous tenants had done so. 

Neighbors’ Counter-argument

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The neighbors argued that the husband could at least park his car on the street, considering he barely used it. However, the couple were still reluctant to do so, as it didn’t solve the problem of the car potentially being hit by dangerous drivers. 

An Unresolved Discussion 

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Unfortunately, the neighbors never came to a solution. Whilst the woman recognized that this situation was frustrating and inconvenient for her neighbors, the driveway was part of the couple’s property, so she felt that she and her husband had equal right to use it.

The Internet’s Vote 

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The woman wrote up her story on a popular forum, opening up the comment section for anyone to chime in with their opinion. Thankfully, she was unanimously supported. “If this is such an inconvenience to your neighbors, why don’t they park on the street?” pointed out one reader.

Not Their Problem 

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“This is so not your problem,” defended another reader. “You pay for that driveway space, so it’s your choice to make. Just because it inconveniences them doesn’t mean you have to change your life. They should probably try to figure it out amongst themselves, as they chose the place knowing it was a shared driveway.”

A Warning

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To the woman’s surprise, one commenter suggested purchasing surveillance equipment. “You may want to put a camera on your driveway in the event that your entitled neighbors decide to be vandals,” they suggested. “I’ve had this happen before and regretted not having a camera until it was too late.”

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