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Luisa View Drop Down
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    Posted: 07/March/2017 at 10:31
We have 2 houses on one lot, live in one and rent out the other. Shared driveway.

How do we protect ourselves legally from various vehicles using the driveway or part of it? eg tenants visitors pull up there, neighbour uses it to access his backyard (on an increasingly frequent basis), tradies pull up there when tending to rental, on one occasion had tradie parked across the driveway entrance and on some occasions neighbours exit their front yard across our driveway. We also have our own friends visiting regularly who have sometimes found vehicles blocking their way.

We have a carpark area at the rear (which none of them seem to use). We can't just stop vehicle access all together.

I am thinking a sign out front, maybe "Private shared driveway, enter at your own risk".

Your views? Any alternatives?

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Are you using a Property Manager and do they know you own the unit?

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  Quote Luisa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/March/2017 at 10:25
Yes we use a property manager. Yes everyone knows we are the owners. I have had a small sign there for a while but apparently not visible enough. I don't understand why tradies would pull up in a driveway and the neighbour had already apologised and offered to replace damaged fence panels - but it has not happened yet. I don't want to get into disputes with all and sundry so was thinking a large impersonal sign would get the message across without anyone feeling singled out.

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  Quote smurfergirl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/March/2017 at 11:52
As it's your driveway I would be painting no parking on the driveway, if it's concrete or placing large signs to that effect

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  Quote Luisa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/March/2017 at 15:31
I have a big sign I can get repainted to suit but I'm wondering if a sign is the best or only solution. Is a sign going to be enough? If someone is parked there and someone else tries to get in and is blocked and then gets hit by another passing car because they can't exit the roadway, will the sign be enough to say I've done all I can? If they are ignoring the current small sign will a large sign make much difference?

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