His Neighbours Parked All Over His Driveway Without Permission, but When He Erected a Fence to Stop Them, His Girlfriend Branded Him “Petty”

A man recently asked for help regarding his new neighbors’ assumption they could use his driveway whenever they wanted. Here’s what happened.

They Had An Agreement

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A 29-year-old man and his 78-year-old neighbor had an agreement about sharing the younger man’s driveway.

He Couldn’t Walk Far

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18 months earlier, the neighbor had asked if he could park his car on the man’s driveway — he had limited mobility due to his age, and there wasn’t always nearby parking available.

He Said Yes

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The man said, “I wouldn’t allow anything like that most of the time, but we were always on good terms, and I only had one car then.”

He Owned It All

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Even though the man allowed his neighbor to use the spot on his driveway, he still owned the entire thing. There was no right of way across it.

The Neighbor Moved

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The man’s neighbor eventually moved into an assisted living facility, and the house went up for sale.

The Driveway Was in Use

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The man then started using all of his driveway more often: his grandfather had given him two motorcycles, and his girlfriend often stopped over.

He Went Away

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The man went on a three-week vacation. When he got back, a big surprise was waiting.

They Were Using His Driveway

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The man pulled into his driveway only to find that there were not only other vehicles on it but also contractors and their machinery.

They Argued

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The man was shocked, and he immediately told the workers to get their equipment off his land, which led to a big argument with the new neighbor.

They Thought They Owned the Driveway

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During the argument, the neighbors said they had every right to park on the driveway. The man said, “The neighbors claimed they bought the house with the driveway, and so half the driveway was theirs.”

He Had the Paperwork

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The man told them that wasn’t the case, and he had the paperwork to prove it.

But What About the Previous Neighbor?

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The neighbors said they’d been told the previous owner of their house used the driveway, so they thought it was theirs to use as well.

It Was a Temporary Thing

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The man explained that it had only been a temporary arrangement. As soon as the old man had moved out, the driveway reverted to being his and his alone.

He Threatened to Have Them Towed

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In a rage, the man told his new neighbors that if he caught them using his driveway again, he’d have them towed.

He Put Up a Fence

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To make sure they couldn’t use his land, the man even put up a fence. He said, “They’ve been over several times, trying to get me to agree to give them right of way and offering to purchase part of the driveway.”

His Girlfriend Got Involved

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Once the fence went up, the man’s girlfriend told him he was being petty about the whole thing.

Was He Wrong?

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Was the man wrong to get so mad about his neighbor’s use of his driveway, or was it a genuine mistake that could have been handled better?

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “You allowed a temporary situation. Not a permanent one. And with different people. They should have checked their paperwork.”

Another commented, “The new owners should go after their real estate agent and the daughter for implying the driveway was included and leave you alone.”

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