Divas & Driveways

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I've come to realize that "divas" and "driveways" don't mix.

One of the most challenging situations that can be faced is dealing with a "diva / prima donna" as a neighbor. Diva or Prima Donna by today's definition are one who behaves as a goddess or queen. Both the terms "diva" and "prima donna" are now used disparagingly for someone who acts overly entitled. The last thing we want to do when we return home is to have our lives intruded upon by thoughtless a neighbor. The golden rule states we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us; however it also says to turn the other cheek. At first we attempted to "turn the other cheek" which only seemed to prolong the misery. One month after they moved in,(note they've only been here for 2 months) one of their guests hit my husband's car. Of course the guest was using another owners spot and should have been parked on the street like everyone else. Another time I was blocked into my garage as they couldn't park within the spot assigned to them. I've been blocked from pulling into my garage as well. We've made attempts to be kind and give grace, we've explained how their actions are affecting our ability to enter and exit our property. We've had a "heart to heart", which didn't last more than 24 hours. We just ask them to move their vehicles when they are in the way. Has anyone else ever dealt with a neighbor who believe they are "overly entitled"? We're struggling, as I see it my legal right to enter the property is being infringed upon. Nothing to date has worked.

So I ask you, what do we do?

Posted by

Chris Faircloth, Realtor

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Comments (4)

Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

Two things come to mind.  If you have some sort of neighborhood association, I would try and see if they can help.  If not, if they continue to block your access to your home, I am sure that would be in violation of some city fire regulation.  I would also call the city, and call the fire department to see if there were such a law, and if there was... I would file a complaint, and see if I could get them ticketed and fined.

Jul 14, 2010 11:26 PM
Chris Faircloth
Realty Executives - Virginia Beach, VA

Carolyn - Great suggestion, thank you. Our assocation is working on it, but this is now the third month, and it's a regular occurance, so... it's getting old.

Jul 14, 2010 11:31 PM
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

As the association works on ,I would put my funds in escrow until resolved.

Then I would by a junker and explain nicely why you bought it to the diva.

Make sure the paint from your car will not clash ON hers.

Enjoy the day

Jul 15, 2010 01:10 AM
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Sep 24, 2012 11:27 PM