How do we get our neighbor to stop deliberatelty taking up the PUBLIC residential parking, just because it's at the end of his property line?

Asked by Ms_Ni Ni, San Jose, CA Mon Aug 13, 2012

We have a neighbor who keeps deliberately putting his garbage cans, piles of dirt, e.t.c. (all spaced out), and keeps them there 7 days a week in a residential neighborhood that is allowed for PUBLIC parking, in order to prevent other's from parking there. We have told him numerous time to remove all his stuff since it is public street parking, but he keeps ignoring our requests. Does anyone know who we can contact in order for him to quit taking up the Public parking with his stuff?
Just for FYI, The neighborhood has no delegated parking spots and/or parking permits. And of course, the police will not do anything about this issue at all.

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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
Hi Ms Ni Ni:

As the others have already noted, you can make a quick call to the City of San Jose's Code Enforcement Department, and they will immediately cite the homeowner on the various violations. There is no paperwork to fill out, and Code Enforcement will send an officer usually within about 3 days to investigate.

If there is a problem, the owner is cited. If the problem persists, the owner can be fined up to $1000 per day for continued failure to obey the rules.

So give them a call, and this should be resolved soon.

Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty-People's Choice
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Stevenl, Home Buyer, San Jose, CA
Fri Sep 7, 2012
For the piles of dirt he is tossing onto the street, that is littering.

Call the police and ask them to fine him the $1,000 or so for littering.

Except for the garbage cans, everything else he tosses onto the street is littering.

Call the police each time for every item he tosses onto the street.

After he starts losing $1,000 each time, he'll stop.

I empathize with you because I have some horrible neighbors too.
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sounds like you are a horrible neighbor too! evil begets evil!!!!
you do things like this, and it will only come back to you, dirt is not littering, as for it is yard waste and a tractor usually comes to pick that up, and people build all the time which does require dirt, aka not trash,
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Andrea Wince…, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
n the City of San Jose, garbage is NOT to be placed out for pick up 24 hours PRIOR to pick up day. You can report a "blight" condition here at this link:
You simply fill out an on-line form with the information and hit submit. I've used it before for people who leave junk cars that don't run on the street and foreclosed homes with tall weeds. It works!
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This is helpful. Thank you.
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Jim Guido, Agent, Santa Clara, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
It appears that you live in the City of San Jose. If that is true then they have rules for this sort of thing and I would recommend you contact the code enforcement department for the City of San Jose.
You can check the cities website at or the phone number is 408-535-3500.
If you live in another city or the county then I would suggest contacting them and finding out their rules.

Good Luck,

Jim Guido,

Realty World/Blue Property Group
Cell: 408-472-2074
DRE# 00700635
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Martin Garcia, , San Jose, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
you need to take some pictures and get some signatures from the neighbors and contact the City
for a formal complaint that will be the only way they will listen to you
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iwanasellit, Renter, San Jose, CA
Tue Nov 20, 2012
the guy can do what ever he wants in front of his house, you obviously have a problem, deal with it, no one likes when strange cars are parked in front of ones house, especially when everyone has a drive way and should be parking in that, if you have to many cars or a lot of people living at your residence then think of how your neighbors feel, everyone has a life and you cannot push your life on to someone else just because it is an inconvenience to your existence,
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City streets are just that iwanaselit. We are all entitled to park wherever we want. No one has the right to put out trash/debris in the street more than 24 hour in advance. Read up on the law! Sick of people thinking that the street in front of their house is theirs.
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charles butt…, Agent, san jose, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
Thank you for your question:

That is a challenging problem.

If you have a homeowner's association, and your converstions with your neighbor have failed, the next step would be to take up the matter with your homeowner's association.

If you do not have a homeowner's association and If the Police will not enforce the law with respect to this issue, I recommend that your next step be to contact an Attorney.

The Attorney that I recommend is Ron Rossi. The telephone number for Mr. Rossi is: (408)261-4252.
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Bob Tran, Agent, San Jose, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
Contact Code Enforcement: (408) 277- 4528

Bob Tran, Realtor, SFR, CHS, BPOR
DRE#: 01202864
VS Realty & Loans, Inc
Cell: (408) 334-3698
Office: (408) 289-5370
Fax: (408) 289-5375
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The link didn't work :(
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
You may find that the garbage cans may only be out there for 1-2 days before pick-up; call the city and have him cited.

The street belongs to him, as much as it belongs to you.

You have to ask yourself; what is LEGAL and DEVIOUS?
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