Roadshow: Parking in front of a neighbor's house is legal but irritating

Jun 30, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Ledger Dispatch

Q: Whoa, Mr. Roadshow! Were you short on space the other day? Yes, it's legal to park in front of someone else's house, as you wrote.

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I agree. Park in front of your own home. Or make it a quick stop. And never park in front of someone's driveway like my neighbors do. If there is an emergency they have to be able to get out of the driveway.

Also, honking your horn at 6am every morning waking your neighbors is also rude and inconsiderate.

I understand if there are no spaces but doing it consistently while there are spaces by your friends home is just rude and is asking for it. Sorry for the rant.
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Get a motion detecting or noise activated sprinker that shoots right in the direction of the of the offender, if it is a regular occurrence, and next time a spray of hard water would probably do the trick. Better yet, get a remote controlled sprinkler and the you can "just so happen to be watering the lawn" when these morons show up.
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Aug 12, 2009
 
Ha ha I've totally thought about the sprinkler option before! Luckily have never really needed it but when high school kids park by the house I'd like to use it when they are loitering!
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you can park on the street in front of anyones house they dont own the street
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You may park in front of people's houses, la la la, but as you are known for, you never read or comprehend the prior posts. It is about blocking driveways or horn honkng at 6am or loitering in front of houses. Blocking a driveway IS illegal and honking at 6am is just rude. And loitering high school kids in front of any house for longer than loading or unloading would be considered suspicious behavior and I would ask them to move on or call the cops if they did not comply.

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Paint your curb red... Look around your area and see how the no parking areas look and copy it... If you know a handicapped person they can apply at the DMV office for special parking space placed in front of your house...

Be creative people... Borrow a no parking sign from a neighboring street... Buy a cash for clunker car and park it there...
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With my luck if I did the sprinkler thing I would be arrested to assault or some other stupid crap. But running out in my pajamas screaming "Hey" does the trick. Watching 6 grown men scurry is amusing that early in the morning.
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It is ILLEGAL to block any portion of a driveway (except your own), as well as local ordinance set back rules/laws may apply, to prevent visibility/safety issues.
Yes, you can park where you want but in my neighborhood, neighbors understand they need to respect the space of other neighbors and not park in front of their house. It's reserved for their guests - unspoken, and that's the way we keep it.
Beyond rude, honking a horn (unless it's deemed necessary as defined in CA DMV regulations i.e., to navigate or prevent collision), honking violates any peace ordinace, i.e., Disturbing the Peace is illegal, anytime of day, and a nuisance. San Jose has NO time restrictions on noise - it's noise anytime it unreasonably disturbs the quiet enjoyment of your home. If you have a neighbor who regularly lays on the horn, let's their kids scream bloody murder outside beyond 1/2 hr (while they're watching tv w/their feet up) regardless of the time of day, call 311. If vehicle related, have the license plate no. handy. Ask for officer to contact owner and give him a warning, explaining offenses, as soon as priority calls end. Don't take no for an answer - get names of anyone you talk to. You have that right as a citizen to expect police to execute the languarge of the law. If dispatch or officer won't help; ask to speak to the on-duty sergeant - get that name, and continue up the chain if you have to.
Lastly, is anyone familiar with an ordinace or law in San Jose that restricts the number of vehicles that any one home can legally PARK (not own) per dwelling? If so, pls include code/law and where it's found online.
Beat 'em with the law on yr side.
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my neighbors park right in front of my house everyday. in the parking spot im ALWAYS parked it. & we live on a court? so when i come home & they are parked in my spot i park right in th emiddle of theirs where they park 2 of their cars so NONE of them can park. HAHA!

First off you see i PARK there, & you have like 6 cars, park on the damn court.
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You don't own the street in front of your house, people. As long as the person is not blocking your driveway, parked in front of a hydrant, etc, relax and find something else, something IMPORTANT to complain about.
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Im so tired of our neighbors daughter and her friends park outside our house, i turn the sprinklers on to get their cars wet so they would get the message but they are so ditsy they did even notice.Now today as the street sweeper comes the mothers boyfriend parks one of his 2 cars outside our house so he can get his side sept and we dont.It is so ignorant of them, we were wondering if my husband parked his work van over there what would they say.oh well i suppose we got to grin and bear it.

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Tear gas.

Really, find a cause worth putting all your energy into - Humane Society, volunteer work at your local hospital, etc...
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we have apartments at the end of the street and they have very minimal parking. When they have parties, or company they always park in front of our house and we have to park down the street. We have asked some of the people if they didn't mind moving their cars across the way so we don't have to move our cars at night to have them in front of our own house. Most comply without question. But the other night we put our garbage cans out on the street as requested by the garbage co., and in the morning we found a car from the appartments parked blocking our garbage cans, it was parked illegally because it was not even next to the curb, our garbage cans were...that was just plain stupid and rude. If we hadn't noticed and moved our cans they would have remained full until the following week and we always have a full can even though we recycle. My husband was very upset and left a note on the car....so we will see what happens next week.
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Nov 21, 2010
 
my neighbor works for a plumbing company and parks the company van in front of our house every afternoon and throughout the weekend despite having a space in his driveway and a space on the street in front of his house.(my dad and the neighbor are angry at each other so talking wont help) are there any rules about continuously parking a commercial van or truck in front of someone's house? my dad hates that its an eyesore in front of our house, it blocks the view of the street as we backup our cars from our driveways in the morning, and it makes it look as though our house constantly has plumbing problems. what can we do about this? thanks!

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row wrote:
my neighbor works for a plumbing company and parks the company van in front of our house every afternoon and throughout the weekend despite having a space in his driveway and a space on the street in front of his house.(my dad and the neighbor are angry at each other so talking wont help) are there any rules about continuously parking a commercial van or truck in front of someone's house? my dad hates that its an eyesore in front of our house, it blocks the view of the street as we backup our cars from our driveways in the morning, and it makes it look as though our house constantly has plumbing problems. what can we do about this? thanks!
You can park one of your own cars there. Or you can get park YOUR car in front of his house, with a big poster on it that says "Whatever Plumbing sucks!"
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lizz go screw off i hope someone starts parking infront of your house
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and then you can see how t feels besidesif u dont care dont comment on this page and get a life
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Lizzie Borden wrote:
You don't own the street in front of your house, people. As long as the person is not blocking your driveway, parked in front of a hydrant, etc, relax and find something else, something IMPORTANT to complain about.
Until it happens to you, shut up. Your opinion means ZERO.
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I have this problem as well. My neighbors regularly have friends over to visit, and they always park in front of my house, and the curb in front of the neighbors house is totally clear? Wouldn't it be common sense for people to park in front of the house they're visiting??

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MikeD wrote:
I have this problem as well. My neighbors regularly have friends over to visit, and they always park in front of my house, and the curb in front of the neighbors house is totally clear? Wouldn't it be common sense for people to park in front of the house they're visiting??
It is common sense/courtesy, something too many people lack.

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