These Five Roommates Share a Driveway But When One of Their Boyfriends Start Taking Advantage of the Space It Leads to a Tense Situation, Should He Move?

Five college roommates and their disagreement over the use of the driveway parking spot highlights the importance of communication and compromise in shared living arrangements and raises questions about entitlement, fairness, and the gray area between standing up for oneself and being confrontational.

Shared Driveway

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When the roommates all moved into the house last summer, they agreed to use the driveway for two of the roommates’ cars, and A was one of the roommates who was promised a spot.

Totally Smashed

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However, her car was totaled before they moved in, and she couldn’t afford to buy a new one, so her boyfriend has been using the extra spot in the driveway for almost a year.

They’ve Tried to Talk to Her

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The other four roommates have asked A and her boyfriend numerous times to park elsewhere, but to no avail. They have talked to both of them separately and together, but A’s boyfriend continues to park his car in the one remaining driveway spot for at least six hours a day, every day, and sometimes overnight.

A Tense Situation

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This situation has been causing tension and heated arguments among the roommates, and one of them even threatened to call the police if A’s boyfriend parked there again.

It Should Go to Someone on the Lease

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The situation raises questions about entitlement, fairness, and the gray area between standing up for oneself and being confrontational. The other four roommates believe that if the spot should go to someone, it should be someone whose name is on the lease for their house, as the three of them could really use that extra driveway spot.

She Sees Nothing Wrong

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However, A sees nothing wrong with the situation, as she was promised the spot at the beginning of the summer, and she thinks that since they’re “sharing” a car, he has a right to park there.

No One is Happy

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The underlying issue seems to be a lack of communication and compromise between the roommates. While they agreed to let A have the spot when they moved in, they didn’t anticipate the possibility of her not having a car, and they didn’t establish clear guidelines for sharing the driveway. As a result, they are now in a situation where they are all frustrated and resentful, and no one is happy.

They Need a Frank Discussion

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To resolve the situation, the roommates may need to have a frank discussion about their expectations and needs. They may need to establish clear guidelines for sharing the driveway, such as rotating the spot or using it on a first-come, first-served basis. They may also need to consider alternative parking options, such as street parking or a nearby parking garage.

They Need to Find a Solution

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Ultimately, the roommates will need to find a solution that works for everyone and that respects each other’s needs and boundaries. They may need to compromise and be willing to make concessions, but with open communication and a willingness to work together.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter wrote, “The parking is for the people on the lease. If the person on the lease is no longer parking there and there’s no plans for that to be changing any time in the near future, the parking space should go to someone else on the lease.”

More Internet Responses

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Another person commented this opinion, “I don’t get this. She was promised a spot because she needs to get to work by car, she uses one spot, the car in the spot is the one that gets her to work, yet she is a jerk? The spot is being used for her convenience, exactly as was agreed, why does the ownership of the vehicle matter? She probably didn’t even own the last one.”

A Final Comment

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This last person wrote, “It was her car’s spot. The car no longer exists. The spot is up for grabs. The decision was made off the size of the cars, not who needed it most. Different cars in question means the spot gets reassigned.”

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