Is a landlord required to give you notice before towing a car?

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Is a landlord required to give you notice before towing a car?

It was left at a previous property with permission of the current tenants. The notice that it was to be towed was sent to the previous apartment but never shared. The landlord contacted the current tenants but did not once call me or get a forwarding address.

Asked on September 30, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Maine

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unless you are a tenant of the landlord at the property where the car was towed he or she does not need to give you prior notice of the intent to tow the vehicle. If you are a tenant at the complex where the car was towed, you need to carefully read the written lease (assuming you have one) between you and the landlord in that its terms and conditions control the obligations owed by the landlord to you and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law.

Another avenue to look at is to see if there are any signs posted regarding towing of vehicles at the complex where the car was towed and whether there are any written rules concerning the towing of vehicles.

My question is why was the car towed? Was in blocking something? Had it been parked at a certain area for many days without it being moved where it could have been considered abandoned?


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