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Can I sue a builder or construction management corporation when the workers at their site constantly block my private driveway? I have written multiple emails regarding this problem yet have received no replies.

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Cars, vans and trucks involved in a new building construction on my block are constantly blocking my private driveway. Today a large van was actually IN my driveway while unloading equipment. I have made several complaints to the deleveloper and management company (who are one in the same) about this problem. No one replies and the problem continues. What can I do? If I need an attorney does the developer have to pay for my attorney?

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Feb 20, 2019
I'm sorry to hear about your situation, I'm sure it's frustrating. However, suing a company merely for the inconvenience of a blocked driveway might take more expense than it's worth. Before taking to court over a blocked driveway, sending a more official warning or demand might be useful. An official letter - potentially from an attorney - could set out what actions will be taken if the blocked driveway issue persists, and it should show a guilty company that there will be consequences for their actions. But, if push comes to shove, I suppose some action might be necessary or warranted. Since that's a little bit outside of our wheelhouse at the Construction Legal Center, it might be a good idea to first consult with a New York attorney familiar with neighborly matters such as the one described above. There are online resources available, such as Avvo and JustAnswer, that might be helpful in that regard.
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Jun 4, 2021
Call the cops and take pictures of the plates. There are laws governing right of way and even partially blocking driveway is a violation. If there is a constant pattern of the same vehicle then it is HARASSMENT and thats another call to the police. Your rights are being violated!
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