Can our neighbour park his caravan on his drive?

John Conlin / 01 December 2017

It makes reversing dangerous and there's a convenant prohibiting caravans on driveways, but what can this homeowner do? John Conlin has the answer.



Question

Our drive and that of our next door neighbour are side by side. They have a caravan and park it on their drive for a week before and after they go on holiday, which makes reversing our car on to the road dangerous as we can’t see round it. 

Also there are Restrictive Covenants prohibiting parking caravans on the drive. We have pointed this out and the covenant, but he merely says that he can do whatever he likes on his drive. We really cannot afford to move as we are both pensioners. What can we do?

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Answer

I sympathize with your inconvenience but really think there is little you can do as the problem is transient. As such, successful action for enforcement of the covenant is very unlikely. Similarly, even if some part of the caravan illegally projected over the pavement the Council are unlikely to take action because of the short-term nature of the offence. 

Sadly all I can suggest is that when the caravan is there, you reverse into your drive as it will be safer than reversing out..

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