I live in an allotment with a shared parking with assigned spots. One of my neighbours always parks their car in front of the door of my building instead of in their assigned spot. They also have access to the parking but they would never use it, despite the fact that it's not allowed to park in front of the building. The problem is, that the path where they park is not wide enough and so whenever they park in front of the building, it leads to two issues:
- Their car blocks some parking spots and therefore prevents people from parking in their spot,
- If we already have parked in our assigned spot, their car prevents us from getting out of it.
I used my excellent skills in Paint to make a drawing of the situation:
What I've tried so far
A year ago, I met them as they were getting out of their car after parking, and so I politely asked them if they had a reason to park here. They told me that their car's suspensions were too fragile to handle the little step that needs to be climbed to go in their assigned spot (the whole parking has such steps). Their explanation didn't make any sense to me (what car is not able to climb a 4cm step?) so I just let it go. They continued parking there since.
I thought of putting a note on their windscreen to tell them they block the way but I found it rude.
There's already been accidents in the allotment. Their car is wrecked of getting bumped and my own landlord bumped their car because it was standing in the way. She warned them (and paid for the damage) and told them not to park there, but they haven't stopped doing it. I can't escalate to their landlord because they own their apartment. Bringing it to joint ownership meetings is a possibility, though (i.e. the allotment residents meetings). We don't have a building manager or common-property manager.
How can I try to get my neighbour to park in their assigned spot instead of blocking the way?
My landlord told me she thinks this neighbour has OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), but I don't know that for sure since the neighbour never told me themselves. They suspect OCD because of some behaviors of theirs, like stealing the whole building's doormats to cover their floor with them. They also have routines when they leave their car that makes me suspecting they indeed have OCD. If someone has experience with OCD, I'd be happy to get answers that take it into account as well.
They indeed actually park their car right in front of the door. It's not really a problem for pedestrians for we have a sidewalk between the street and the entrance door, so trollers can pass anyway.
The 4cm step I mentioned is actually a slope, so it's not a problem even for a car with delicate suspensions.
We don't have (to my knowledge) municipal parking management units. Even though it existed, they actually could not do anything since, as an allotment, it is a private location (and therefore a private road). The complex does not have any agreement with a private towing company to service the lot.
The location where they park is indeed a safety issue regarding a situation where there is fire or a resident shall leave in an ambulance.
We're not paying for the spot separately from our rent and utilities (it's a whole package). Therefore, we can't just threaten our landlord not to pay for the spot for she would talk to them.
There's no wheelchair users in my building.
My landlord lives in the condo below the bad parker.