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Old 11-07-2011, 12:15
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My ex housemate has left her car on my drive has hasnít communicated with me to advise when it will be removed.
She has a company car and personal, and itís the personal one she has left on my drive. It is taxed, donít know if insured.
I have politely text 3 times and called twice over the last two weeks to which she hasnít answered nor have I had a reply. She left my house 2 weeks ago leaving one months rent in arrears (owing a month) and her room in a state so Iím sure her embarrassment is preventing her from answering the phone, however the point is, her car is parked illegally on my property and I'd prefer it wasn't as I need to space..

I would like to find the best and quickest way I could get this removed.

Iíd prefer not to go down the nasty route of calling the police, but if she doesnít get back to me, I may have no choice. Who would I contact to get the car removed?
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:23
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My ex housemate has left her car on my drive has hasnít communicated with me to advise when it will be removed.
She has a company car and personal, and itís the personal one she has left on my drive. It is taxed, donít know if insured.
I have politely text 3 times and called twice over the last two weeks to which she hasnít answered nor have I had a reply. She left my house 2 weeks ago leaving one months rent and her room in a state so Iím sure her embarrassment is preventing her from answering the phone, however the point is, her car is parked illegally on my property and I'd prefer it wasn't as I need to space..

I would like to find the best and quickest way I could get this removed.

Iíd prefer not to go down the nasty route of calling the police, but if she doesnít get back to me, I may have no choice. Who would I contact to get the car removed?
The police will do nothing, as the car is on private property.

The council can do nothing, as the car is taxed.

You cannot smash into it and roll it out onto the road, as you'll get done, especially if the car then causes an accident (say by sticking out, blocking someone elses access or view etc.)

You can get a private towing firm to tow it away, but that'll cost you at least £300 (that was the going rate 7 years ago when I had this problem).

In short, hassle the owner on a daily basis.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:25
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Send her a bill for storage.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:25
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As far as I know, the police will do nothing. It's a civil matter, and not a very serious one at that. Just be patient and keep sending text message if they don't want to speak to you for whatever reason.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:26
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If she has left a months rent then maybe she feels she still has right to reside there and if so also park her car.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:27
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If she has paid a months rent and she has regularly been using the driveway until now then maybe she thinks that she is OK parking there ?
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:30
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Is the drive and your home privately owned by you? If so I would inform her that as of midnight tonight you will be charging a parking fee of £4 per hour. Send a registered letter to her known addresses so you have proof of delivery of your parking fees.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:33
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Apologies, I shouldve wrote she left without paying a month rent, so a month was owing and she did a 'moonlight' (left with no notification of leaving and left owing a months rent)

The car has been stationary for some months as she has a company car she's been using.

Her tax runs out the end of this month, so if she doesnt communicate with me by that time, would the council then take it because its an untaxed car?
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:35
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A couple of points you need to expand on:

1. Was she entitled to park on the drive when she was your housemate?

2. Was the month's rent which she left payment in advance?

If the answer to both is 'yes', then I'd think she's entitled to leave her car there till her rent runs out.

Otherwise, then probably the only legal recourse is to have the car delivered to her new address and sue her for the cost.

Of course, you might get lucky, and some person unknown might break into the car in the dead of night and push it onto the public highway. Such things do happen.

EDIT: Sorry, I see there were a couple of posts while I was writing mine.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:37
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Is the drive and your home privately owned by you? If so I would inform her that as of midnight tonight you will be charging a parking fee of £4 per hour. Send a registered letter to her known addresses so you have proof of delivery of your parking fees.
Completely unenforceable waste of time. OP as others have said, if she paid a month's rent up front 2 weeks ago what's the worry at the moment? She presumably is still entitled to be there for another 2 weeks whether she's there or not.


edit just seen you're correction, obviously that put a completely different slant on it
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:38
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A couple of points you need to expand on:

1. Was she entitled to park on the drive when she was your housemate?

2. Was the month's rent which she left payment in advance?

If the answer to both is 'yes', then I'd think she's entitled to leave her car there till her rent runs out.

Otherwise, then probably the only legal recourse is to have the car delivered to her new address and sue her for the cost.

Of course, you might get lucky, and some person unknown might break into the car in the dead of night and push it onto the public highway. Such things do happen.
1. Yes; While she was living at my house she was entitled to park there, she has been gone for 2 weeks and its still stationary with no notice of when or if she will be removing it

2. My apologies for my confusing first post, she left with a months rent in arrears (owing a month)
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:39
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someone parked on my brother's drive once, he called the police and I think they got into contact with either the driver or the DVLA as the person moved the car quite quickly after that. But they said he could get it towed away if he wanted.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:39
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OK, so she owes rent as well.

I believe the police can remove untaxed vehicles and crush them if they have not been declared off road, even if they are off road.

Don't know which car it is but if she has just left the handbrake on then its most likely only locked the rear wheels. 4 or 5 people should be able to lift the rear end and you can move it off the drive way. I remember in my youth 10 of us lifted a fiesta over a 4ft wall into somebody's garden.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:39
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Her tax runs out the end of this month, so if she doesnt communicate with me by that time, would the council then take it because its an untaxed car?
I beleive the law about mandatory insurance has just come in to action as well, unless the car has been SORNED you may have several grounds for its removal.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:40
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This may be of some help:-

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndC...ter/DG_4001703

The council will investigate whether the vehicle has been abandoned and will check to see whether it has been stolen or involved in an accident. If the vehicle has been abandoned on a road, including private roads and estates, the council will remove the vehicle. If the vehicle is on private land, the council will serve a 15 day notice of removal on the owner/occupier.

If the vehicle is of no value, the council can dispose of it immediately. If itís considered to be of some value, the council will send a written notice of destruction to the owner. If the vehicle is unclaimed the council can dispose of it.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:44
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The short way looks to be to buy a case of beer,and invite some male friends round, preferably builders, not civil servants, and get them to lift the car into the street. Then it's off your drive, and when the tax runs out, it's her problem not yours.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:52
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The short way looks to be to buy a case of beer,and invite some male friends round, preferably builders, not civil servants, and get them to lift the car into the street. Then it's off your drive, and when the tax runs out, it's her problem not yours.
I think this is the most practical solution
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:53
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I would think about ringing one of those blokes in your local paper who buy old vehicals!, You could then sell it and recover some of the cash that she left owing you!....

If she came back at a later date wanting to retrieve it, which sounds very unlikely under the circumstances, i would deny all knowledge!, saying 'it was gone when you got up one morning and assumed she had come and got it!'.....


Sorted............
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:59
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I remember seeing a case on TV once where someone had given a friend permission to park a car on their driveway while they went on holiday.

Unfortunately the car was parked on the wrong driveway, blocking access to the owner's garage.

Police and council were consulted but, as others have said, nothing could be done.

As someone alluded to, even if the car is taxed it now has to be insured or declared SORN and if you do involve the police, they will be able to tell you if it's insured or not.
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Old 11-07-2011, 13:02
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The short way looks to be to buy a case of beer,and invite some male friends round, preferably builders, not civil servants, and get them to lift the car into the street. Then it's off your drive, and when the tax runs out, it's her problem not yours.
I live in a tiny culdesac so dont know how this would work without either getting the car in the way of other neighbours or whether it could be manouvered quite some way to get onto the main road.

I would think about ringing one of those blokes in your local paper who buy old vehicals!, You could then sell it and recover some of the cash that she left owing you!....

If she came back at a later date wanting to retrieve it, which sounds very unlikely under the circumstances, i would deny all knowledge!, saying 'it was gone when you got up one morning and assumed she had come and got it!'.....


Sorted............
I dont have the keys or log book so wouldn't be able to sell this legally.


If she hasnt communicated by the end of the month (which is the time the road tax runs out) I will have no choice than to contact the council and tell them theres an untaxed car on my drive that need removing and crushing.
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Old 11-07-2011, 13:07
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Borrow a trolly jack and wheel it off your drive.
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Old 11-07-2011, 13:11
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So let me see

- She has disappeared suddenly
- Left her room in a state, rent unpaid, and her car still there
- Not answering texts or phone calls

a) are you sure she's still alive and not died or something? Or lying in a hospital somewhere? Do you KNOW she is OK and elsewhere?
Alternatively
b) if she has left stuff in the room, maybe she has left the keys too, and you can just drive it to a reasonably safe but on-road parking round the corner somewhere?
Finally
c) if she owes you money (and isn't actually dead) then instead of trying to get rid of it why not go the other way and hold it to ransom (improvise a wheel clamp with some odd scaffolding poles or whatever) till you get your missing rent?

BTW you can check insurance status at http://www.askmid.com/
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Old 11-07-2011, 13:19
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So let me see

- She has disappeared suddenly
- Left her room in a state, rent unpaid, and her car still there
- Not answering texts or phone calls

a) are you sure she's still alive and not died or something? Or lying in a hospital somewhere? Do you KNOW she is OK and elsewhere?
Alternatively
b) if she has left stuff in the room, maybe she has left the keys too, and you can just drive it to a reasonably safe but on-road parking round the corner somewhere?
Finally
c) if she owes you money (and isn't actually dead) then instead of trying to get rid of it why not go the other way and hold it to ransom (improvise a wheel clamp with some odd scaffolding poles or whatever) till you get your missing rent?

BTW you can check insurance status at http://www.askmid.com/
Thanks for your help but she is alive as she's posted pics of her new house warming party on the book of faces. All she left was a mess, rubbish, holes in the walls, but no keys for that car....
And to be honest, I'd rather have my drive back for the new tenant than chase her for rent which I know I'll never get back.
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Old 11-07-2011, 13:22
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If she is embarassed to see you again then text her to saying you are going away for the weekend and expect her to have collected the car by the time you get back on Monday. Not that you will necessarily really be away.
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Old 11-07-2011, 13:23
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Ah ok. sounds like she has deliberately left it then, along with her in-room rubbish. I take it the car is not of much value?
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