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Blocking Driveway and Nasty Neighbor New York

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3,505 words with 5 Comments; publish: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 07:57:00 GMT; (800234.38, « »)

I rent a ground floor apartment in Queeens. We normally park in the front driveway, however the landlord has planted new grass in the center and has asked us not to use the driveway to allow the grass to grow. Due to extremely limited parking we tried parking on the street blocking this driveway. It is my understanding that tickets for blocking a driveway will not normally be issued unless a complaint is filed as well as the fact that an owner or lessee of a driveway is permited to block it. We were harassed by our next door neighbor about this. There is a few feet of sidewalk space between our driveway and his. He does not use his driveway and parks his car blocking it. He claimed that we are not allowed to block any part of this small space of sidewalk as he needs the space to fit his car there. We tried to calmly negotiate with him as there is adequate space for both cars, but he refused to even give us an inch and threatened to call the police to have our car ticketed and/or towed. We cannot back up our car far enough for his irrational demand as there is another driveway immediately adjacent that does not belong to us. Can he actually claim this street space like this? The sidewalk space is directly in front of our landlord's property, not his. Do we have any legal grounds to contest any violation we might receive if he makes good on his threat? Is there anything we can do to prevent him from doing anything since we may be in our legal rights to park there? Please, if someone can help me in any way about this!

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    • http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/parking/park_tickets_violations.shtml

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      Standing or parking in front of a public or private driveway.

      The owner or renter of a lot accessed by a private driveway may park a passenger vehicle registered to him / her at that address in front of such driveway provided the lot does not contain more than 2 dwelling units and that such parking does not violate any other rule or restriction.

      Violation is $95 fine.

      My thought is that if he has an issue with you parking in front of your driveway and reports you (which if this is your driveway to your unit, I don't think you have a problem) then he is in the same boat.;)

      #1; Fri, 19 Oct 2007 09:06:00 GMT
    • Thanks for responding so quickly. Do you know where I can look to get detailed lamans terms description of such laws? I pretty much knew that he couldn't claim the space, but we're afraid we'll get ticketed if he calls regardless, since we're still blocking a good part of our own driveway. Are you familiar at all with NYC traffic law? If we get a signed agreement from our landlord giving us permission to block the driveway, will that help in or defense if something happens? Thanks for your help.
      #2; Fri, 19 Oct 2007 08:11:00 GMT
    • Does anyone else have a bit more info for me as to the laws regarding something like this in NYC?
      #3; Fri, 19 Oct 2007 08:24:00 GMT
    • Thanks for responding so quickly. Do you know where I can look to get detailed lamans terms description of such laws? I pretty much knew that he couldn't claim the space, but we're afraid we'll get ticketed if he calls regardless, since we're still blocking a good part of our own driveway. Are you familiar at all with NYC traffic law? If we get a signed agreement from our landlord giving us permission to block the driveway, will that help in or defense if something happens? Thanks for your help.

      No, not in laymen's terms.

      #4; Fri, 19 Oct 2007 08:12:00 GMT
    • No, he cannot claim street space. That is public. BUT, you need to make sure that there is no law regarding blocking driveways.
      #5; Fri, 19 Oct 2007 07:58:00 GMT