My neighbor threatened to slash my tires and seize my car if I park in front of his house again

A FRUSTRATED resident recounted how his neighbor threatened to slash his tires and seize his car if he parked in front of his house again.

While parking in front of your house may be ideal, it doesn’t always happen – here are your rights explained.

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The Redditor said his neighbor threatened him to park in front of his houseCredit: Alamy

Posting on Reddit, the 18-year-old explained that there were no reserved parking spaces and it was “first come, first served”.

After working late one night, the Redditor said he parked in a large spot in front of his neighbor’s house.

He said his neighbour’s 28-year-old son had come in to complain, saying he parked there every day and was taking up two spaces.

The man said he had to and moved his car to create more space – only to be greeted by the 28-year-old mother who also complained he parked outside the house every night.

The Redditor said that was when his son threatened to damage his car.

He wrote: “I then explain that it’s not my problem and that people also park in front of my house and I just get away with it because there are no parking rules…

“to which his son threatens me saying that if I keep parking there my tires will be slashed and my car will be locked by ‘someone’ who a buddy who was with me just said he was a grown man and needed to pull himself together and walk away.”

Unless you have a designated parking spot, it is “not your right” to park in front of your house.

You might be lucky if you have nice neighbors who will let you have the space, but it’s not a legal requirement.

Leaving anything on the road for the purpose of “saving your space” is against the law.

Provided your street is not governed by resident parking permits, any member of the public can park there – as long as they follow the restrictions and don’t cause obstructions.

A strange legal loophole means anyone can park in your driveway – and there’s not much you can do about it.

In the case of a stranger parking in your driveway, a problem arises when the line between criminal law and civil law is blurred.

If a car is parked on a public road and is blocking your entrance, local authorities certainly have the power to issue a fine.

But once the car moves onto your drive, it’s technically on private property – and local councils have no jurisdiction.

Councils are required to remove abandoned cars from public and private property, but if the engine in question is taxed, insured, has a valid inspection and is not in an unsafe condition, it is unlikely to touch it on private land.

The police will recognize that the car is technically a trespass, but they will categorize it as a civil offence, dropping it far down their priority list and meaning you would need an eviction notice from the courts.

Jack Cousens, head of traffic policy for the AA, said: ‘In a bizarre way the system seems to favor the offender over the victim in this case.

‘Because the trespassing offense is a civil matter the police cannot get involved, and as the vehicle is on private land the council cannot help either.

“Thus, the only options available to owners seeking to recover what is rightfully theirs cost both time and money.”

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