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Vancouver: Neighbor Shoveled Snow Onto My Parking Spot

So, After a 1.5FT overnight snowfall in Vancouver.

I live in a detached. My neighbor cleared a pile of snow around his parking spot in front of his property onto mine, in front of my house and blocking my other car from having enough clearance to drive off on to the road while blocking an additional car from parking there. My house has 2 parking spots in front of our property.

No I do not want to shovel that extra pile of snow that he created.

What can we do (legally)?

Not the first time he's doing something so inconsiderate.
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Mar 9, 2007
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Have a chit-chat with your neighbour.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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He piled the snow on the street in front of your house? NOT YOUR SPOT! You have no more rights to the road in front of your house than someone driving by. Legally, there is nothing to do.

Is your neighbor a douche canoe? Yep... but there is sweet FA you can do about it.
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Dec 25, 2007
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Use those xl Asian muscles and start shoveling.
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Legally, maybe call bylaw if the snow is being shovelled onto the road or sidewalk.

Otherwise you need to confront him, be polite but firm. Some people are genuinely unaware of how their actions impact others, though in my experience if they are inconsiderate enough the first time odds are nothing will change until someone moves out or dies.

You can also try retaliating with some of the same, though things are more likely to escalate at that point. "Little" things between neigbours can really spiral out of control quickly, potentially into property damage and violence.
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BobW wrote: He piled the snow on the street in front of your house? NOT YOUR SPOT! You have no more rights to the road in front of your house than someone driving by. Legally, there is nothing to do.
Exactly, it is not the spot of the neighbor either. Most cities do not allow people to throw back snow onto the streets. If it is the case, legally he can call bylaw.
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Take a pic, then go outside and shovel it back onto to his side.

Then go ring the doorbell and tell him you'll help clear up the mess BOTH OF YOU DID.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

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Chill! (should be easy at current temperatures)

If you don't like something your neighbour did, first thing is to ask someone independent whether this is a legit grievance, because your neighbour is likely to take your complaint negatively, and you want to be sure you're not being unreasonable. So not a bad move to ask RFD. Upvote for that. :)

We just had a very heavy snowfall in Vancouver. A lot of it is heavy wet snow that's hard to move, and there are limited places to pile it up as you try to clear it enough to get the car out. Depending on the placement of the driveway, the neighbour may have had little choice but to move it to the side in front of the neighbouring driveway. If you have a better suggestion, talk to your neighbour about it as politely as you can.

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