An angry homeowner is threatening a housing company with legal action because she was not told she would not be able to park outside her new flat.
Zulfiya Merchant said she had no way of knowing about a controlled parking zone (CPZ) introduced shortly after she moved into Lido House in Northfield Avenue.
The 29-year-old was told she would not be able to get a permit to park in the surrounding streets in West Ealing and says it has reduced the value of the £250,000 home she bought from A2Dominion Housing in March.
She said: "When I bought the property there was no decision about a CPZ but in June one came in without anyone consulting the 70 or so residents in Lido House.
"Ealing Council said it was because it wasn't fully occupied at the time, but even so those living there at the time should have been able to give their view.
"I was advised to park at the other side of Dean Gardens, where someone was murdered recently. I come home at 8pm so I know I have to worry about my security at night. And what happens when they introduce a CPZ over there?
"Dominion say the details are in public documents such as the planning information and the lease agreement but if that is the case why could-n't my conveyancer see it?
"I'm working with a lawyer and planning to take Dominion to court."
Steve Michaux, director of A2Dominion's leasehold services, said: "Lido House is a development with no car parking provisions.
"Purchasers of leasehold properties there should be aware of this, as it is stated in contractual agreements.
"While we sympathise with Lido House residents who cannot park their cars in nearby streets, the onus is on residents and potential leasehold purchasers to make themselves aware of the rules and regulations of the councils in their area."
An Ealing Council spokeswoman said: "When the consultation database for Ealing Dean CPZ was compiled in November 2006, Lido House was unoccupied.
"Irrespective of this residents would still not have been entitled to parking permits because this was one of the conditions of the planning permission for their block.
"When the CPZ is reviewed next year Lido House will be included in the consultation."