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Issues around parking spaces can be a real point of contention among neighbours, but it’s something you expect to impact people who have to park on the roadside and not people with their own dedicated driveway.

However, one mum has been left raging after her new neighbours began parking their “big people carrier” on her drive – without even asking her for permission first.

The woman – who doesn’t have a car herself – claimed that although she lives in a property that has a flat above her, she owns the driveway and likes to use it to hang her washing out on a sunny day, as well as somewhere she can sit to read a book and enjoy the nice weather, the Liverpool Echo reports.

But since a new family moved into the flat above her a few months ago, they have assumed they are “entitled to” the parking space because the mum doesn’t drive, and have been ruining her favourite spot for a “bit of peace and quiet”.

In a post on Mumsnet, the woman claimed: “I live in a city in a ground floor flat, no garden but I have a driveway that comes with my flat. I don’t have a car, so this is why I don’t know if I’m being unreasonable.

“My driveway gets a lot of direct sun so I like to dry my washing out there on racks when the weather is nice. I also like to sit out there on a chair with a cold drink and a book sometimes.

“A few months ago, a family moved into the flat above me and have taken to parking their big people carrier on my drive. They didn’t ask my permission, just assumed they were entitled to because I don’t have a car.

“My frustration is when their car is there, I can’t put my washing out, as it also blocks a lot of the sun. They park it diagonally as well which is a PITA [pain the a***] for me getting my pram in and out.

“They are out there at the minute cleaning and hoovering the car about 3ft away from my doorstep so I can’t sit out and enjoy the sun/a bit of peace and quiet.

“Am I being unreasonable to be unhappy about them using my drive in this way?”

Commenters on the post were quick to support the mum, with many saying that if she owns the driveway, she should tell her “cheeky” neighbours to move their car.

One person said: “Oh my god, how cheeky of them. Do they know it’s your drive? Go round with the deeds and tell them to get off.”

While another added: “I’d tell them to stop it ASAP. The longer you leave it, the harder it will be to stop it if you ever do have a car or want your own guest to park there. You wouldn’t let someone pitch up a tent in your back garden so why would you let someone park a car in your front garden?”

And a third wrote: “Tell them it’s your private driveway and they don’t have permission to park there and to move their car. If you haven’t told them there may simply be a misunderstanding.”

The mum later returned to the post to offer an update, where she explained that she spoke to her landlord about getting the property manager to discuss the parking situation with the family.

She said: “Thank you for the replies. I wasn’t sure how people would see it given that I don’t have a car myself, I thought perhaps some might think I’m being petty and entitled when I don’t actually need it for its intended purposes.

“I’ve just sent an email to my landlord, he isn’t their landlord but has liaised with the property manager a few times who oversees all of the flats. He asked me to put it all into writing and he’ll get onto the project manager first thing Monday morning thus saving me the need to address it myself.

“Cowards way out absolutely, but they don’t seem at all approachable and I don’t want to get into any rows.”