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Woman branded ‘selfish’ for wanting to park motorhome on street outside her home

A woman has been branded ‘selfish’ and ‘unreasonable’ for wanting to park her motorhome outside her neighbour’s house on a London street.

Explaining the situation on Mumsnet, the anonymous woman said she has been given the opportunity to buy a “large transit-sized campervan very cheaply from a relative”.

She continued: “We’d love to have one for holidays and camping trips and it would be helping out our relative who is a bit overwhelmed about selling it.”

However, the problem being that they live in London on a “terraced street that only has off street parking for one vehicle”.

She continued: "There is unrestricted parking on the road, but it's always hard to find a spot - for our neighbours who don't have off street parking, spaces are heavily contested."

She said it would mean leaving the motorhome "outside a neighbour's house for months".

She added: "Obviously there's no law against us taking up a space with a camper van that will be parked in the same place 99% of the time.

"But also it feels a unneighbourly to park a whacking great van outside someone's house and leave it there. But we'd love the van and have nowhere else to park it."

Despite there being no legal restriction, many have slammed her plans, saying her neighbours are going to "hate" her for it.

Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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5 comments

Steve May 10, 2023 at 8:34 am

if you were a trades person a transit type is essential , would that be a problem?
just move the van every other day as spots become available

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Jane May 10, 2023 at 1:05 pm

We are in the same situation or very similar. We can only park on one side of the road although most houses on both side of the road have vehicles. We usually park our van in a compound, but there are times when we need our van at home. So we try to move it everyday or so, so different neighbors have to put up with it but only for a day or two at the most.

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Mark Preddy May 10, 2023 at 7:22 pm

pay to store it at a motorhome/caravan storage like many others do in your situation.

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Allie Talbot May 10, 2023 at 8:02 pm

Communication with your neighbour perhaps offer a smaller financial incentive for there inconvenience

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Robert Astley May 13, 2023 at 11:30 am

There are a few things to consider:
1) You already have one car, presumably. So the campervan is going to take up at least another space on a congested road. I can understand your neighbours being unhappy.
2) You say it would be left there for months. It would not inconvenience you much then to store it in a secure, dedicated storage place if only using a few times a year.
3) Many insurance companies will not cover you for on street parking. I asked my insurance company if it would be ok to park mine on the road for a few weeks to allow a skip on drive for building work. Nope, they would have to cancel policy and look for another underwriter.
4) Given the fact that you are upsetting the neighbours, do you want to risk “”accidental damage” to your vehicle by an irate local?

All things considered, I recommend storing it at a secure location.

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