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  • Private Property Towing Question-- California II

    I found out a couple of weeks ago that civilians are not allowed to ask questions in someone else's Ask a Cop thread so here is my question regarding the thread on towing from apartment complexes in CA.

    1 - What if it is a situation where the car is registered but it is parked in a lot with signs clearly stating that the lot is only for residents of the apartment complex? Can it be legally towed?

    Our lot is often filled with non-resident cars but the mgt tells us it's illegal for them to be towed.

    2 - What if a car seems to have been towed unjustly but the towing company refuses to let the towed party know who signed for the tow?

    My neighbor had her car towed from our complex supposedly for not properly displaying her resident sticker. Managment claims to have never signed for it (because they believe towing is illegal as stated above). The company will not say who did.
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    Towing from Private Property can be relatively easy. Management must post signs warning of the restrictions and consequences; cite the appropriate vehicle code section; list the mucinipal ordinance; list the telephone number for the police; sign the removal slip and pay the tow (they can recover).

    References: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22658.htm
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      Originally posted by Entre Nous View Post
      I found out a couple of weeks ago that civilians are not allowed to ask questions in someone else's Ask a Cop thread so here is my question regarding the thread on towing from apartment complexes in CA.

      1 - What if it is a situation where the car is registered but it is parked in a lot with signs clearly stating that the lot is only for residents of the apartment complex? Can it be legally towed?

      Our lot is often filled with non-resident cars but the mgt tells us it's illegal for them to be towed.

      Yes...cars can legally be removed from private property if it is for residents/tenants only.

      2 - What if a car seems to have been towed unjustly but the towing company refuses to let the towed party know who signed for the tow?

      My neighbor had her car towed from our complex supposedly for not properly displaying her resident sticker. Managment claims to have never signed for it (because they believe towing is illegal as stated above). The company will not say who did.
      The second issue will be an issue for small claims court( it is technically a crime if they removed it without permission, but good luck getting the DA to do anything with it). The tow company needs to have a representative from the property owner authorize the tow so if they will not show proof and the property owner claims it was not authorized it sounds like a good case.

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        Thanks, guys. I appreciate the info.
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