Replace the car, it’s affecting the property prices
‘‘It's a good reminder not to sweat the little things and enjoy life’’
A vehicle on Hannah O’Donnell’s Whitby driveway was lowering the tone, an anonymous note told her, and she should get rid of it before it affected her neighbours’ house sales.
‘‘Flotilla Place is a sought-after residential location and all residents have a responsibility to uphold certain standards,’’ the note said.
‘‘It has been noted that a vehicle that falls well short of such standards is permanently parked at your address.
‘‘There are properties being marketed in the street currently and vehicles like yours could have a negative impact on the price that your neighbours will be able to achieve ...
‘‘It is recommended that you consider a plan to replace your vehicle.’’
O’Donnell was one of two people in the street to receive the notes and said she was more amused than offended.
‘‘I think people were generally quite surprised and shocked. Most people thought it was quite funny, like I did, and haven’t really taken offence, but I think a couple of people definitely did.’’
One homeowner suspected the note-dropper may have been driven to despair by a white car that was often parked facing the wrong way on the street.
Others, however, pointed to the language in the note, and wondered if it came from real estate agents.
Harcourts agent Andy Cooling, who is marketing one of the houses for sale in the street, said: ’’I don’t really care about what car they drive ... It’s not going to make anybody want to sell or buy a house depending on what car you drive, is it?’’
Mike Pero agent Wayne Kemp, marketing the other house, said he had spent the week in Auckland. ’’It certainly wasn’t us ... I’ve got better things to do than look at cars in driveways. You don’t judge a house by the car.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said he had seen the post on Facebook and thought ‘‘it was the sort of thing you see in a comedy show’’.
‘‘It’s certainly not indicative of Porirua people, but in every community we have those people who spend a little too much time worrying about what their neighbours are doing.
‘‘It’s a good reminder to not sweat the little things and enjoy life.’’