Can my apartment complex have my car towed if it was parked in a non-designated spot?

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Can my apartment complex have my car towed if it was parked in a non-designated spot?

My apartment complex had my car towed when it was parked on a curb. It was not in a fire lane, there were no signs indicating “No Parking” or “Tow Away Zone” or anything like that. They told me that it was because I was parked in a non-designated parking spot. Are they able to do that? Do I have any recourse?

Asked on September 27, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to carefully read the terms of your written lease (assuming you have one) in that its terms and conditions control the obligations owed to you by the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. Likewise, you need to read carefully all rules and regulations provided you by the apartment concerning the complex where you live.

If there were rules and regulations given you or are in existence, you need to carefully read them in that there may be some clarity in them concerning parking spots which are allowed or not allowed to park in.

I suggest that you speak with the property manager about the reason why your car was towed a second time and have him or her show you written documentation allowing the towing of your vehicle.

Good luck.


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