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Does condo association have the right to tow vehicles from property?

Posted on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 @ 05:04 AM
  
  
  
  
condo association rulesI've been renting out condominium I own for years. Recently parking lot surrounding the building got very packed and the condo association issued new rules in regarding to the paring. One of the rules is to have valid license plates sticker or you will be towed. My tenant's car has been towed once her sticker was 3 days expired. Towing company charged her $170. Police in my area doesn't issue a ticket for expired license plates which are under 30 days late and their fine is smaller. Does the condo association have the right to allowing towing of the vehicles in this instance? H3WAPZFEW46F

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in florida it is legal providing the property is posted, and logic suggests proper notification to owners and tennants. my board also enforces a towing rule which caused quite a stir when cars were towed in the begining, but a funny thing happened...... when auto owners complied with the rule, the towing stopped !

posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:04 AM by brian


As a unit owner who resides in my property, I sometimes have guest over. Their cars are threatened with being towed as soon as they arrive. A very dysfunctional, manipulative, and controlling Board, who refuse to produce an itemized list of expenditures, have ongoing contracts, and treat the place as their own, seem to confuse the concept of guests and see it as a rental. I have reported the make, model, and plate numbers and yet receive threatening letters. Basically, no one can even visit. The Board President parked a truck that was severely damaged from an accident and had expired plates, for months. We have no parking program in place which is done purposely in order to create the ability to tow at whim. Of course, we also have no newsletter, bulletin board, e-mail, or website. This again is purposeful. Every totalitarian government controls all forms of communication. They completely operate in the dark, do not keep minutes of meetings, change meetings last minute, and then do not communicate this if you are not one of the passive seniors who are being manipulated via fear, favors, threats, and the creation of false enemies who they are told pose a threat to their safety and welfare. The Board president has been in foreclosure multiple times which is related to a huge gambling addiction. It has been said that he also embezzled money from his union but quietly agreed to pay it back. I do not know if this is true but I believe it may be. People state that he is an alcoholic and there has been talk of drug addiction. Sadly, once these people got in power there is little you can do to remove them. We have many seniors who are easily manipulated as well as many developmentally challenged adults, who are good people but easily manipulated as well. If any lawyers read this or Illinois States Attorney/DuPage County, I would ask you to contact me. I can be reached @ idealist2@aol.com or 708-367-7253.

posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:29 AM by Jim Court


We park our motorcycle in the area reserved for motorcycles. Both condo presidents have parked their motorcycles in the same spot in years past. Suddenly the board told us they are revoking our right to use the spot to park our motorcycle. They have threatened to tow it if we don't move it by next week. When I spoke to the president of the condo assoc she agreed that the decision was made to "stick it" to our unit due to personal issues that other units had with us (we have a young daughter and had a slide and picnic table out last summer that caused quite a stir). That sounds like harassment and/or retaliation to me. Can they do that?

posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:59 AM by Dawn


It's a shame how people will complain when they break the rules. 
 
If everyone in a condo association would follow the rules set fourth to them I do think everyone would be happy. Register those vehicles and then nobody compalins. The parking lots are not for setting your vehicles there and leaving them set for months on end. Some of the people in my association think they are above the rules and think they can do as they please. 
 
Hanging wash on your patios is against the rules also so take it down and use the dryers provided on your floors. stop looking like a bunch of Red Necks. So yes the President is right to have un-registered cars towed. S

posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 9:35 AM by


I don't know if you are talking to me but the cars have been registered and all pertinent information given. These are guest, plain and simple. 
 
I am not a red neck. Quite the opposite. My pace is the very best in this place.

posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 5:23 PM by Jim Court


No Jim I am not referring to you! 
 
What I am referring to is many people in condo associations who think that the rules are made for other people but not them, especially when it is a board member. What I stated affects my condo association in general. I am tired of the complaints I get about people setting their boats, campers and un-registered vehicles in the parking lots and letting them sit for months on end. Damagageing the lot because these vehicles are not moved around. We now have the expense to have our lot resurfaced and this creates another assessment when we have to have it done. Now the rest of the association is getting upset because we will be starring at another bill to pay. Well the people that damaged the lot will be paying extra. Please people abide by the rules and nobody will complain. If as a association memeber these rules were set by all then abide by them, plain and simple. 
 
No vehicle will be towed if it is within the rules. If this is the case that the board is being rude to your guests, then you need to call a special meeting and get it straight with the board. I am sorry you thought I was targetting you Jim, my apologies to you. There is always a few bad apples that think they don't have to comply with the rules. As for the red necks, that was being referred to 2 people in our association who are to cheap to use the dryers provdied....and this will stop also very shortely!.... Again Jim I am sorry, hope things work out for you and if it doesn't then pick another board...call for that meeting, your board is in the worng if you are telling me your side of the story is correct!

posted @ Friday, June 11, 2010 10:09 AM by s


We have had to tow some cars recently, especially when it came to people parked illegally. 
 
I try not to be a board nazi. There are many things we look the other way on. But if you have a nuisance vehicle, it's going to be watched closely (like if you speed through the complex, or are missing a muffler, or blast music). If those tags are allowed to lapse by even a minute, you know that the tow trucks will be there. 
 
Our biggest problem is people pulling into handicapped spots. We have had two vehicles in the last two months towed because of that, which have irked the people who were towed. They came to our property manager and complained, but all our manager could do is shrug. They were parked illegally, and the two truck beat the police.  
 
Plain and simple. 
 
Don't break the parking rules, and you won't have to worry about tow trucks. Because parking lots are considered common areas, the board has every right to have vehicles towed from the property (provided they have the proper signage, and depending on what their condo docs and state law says).

posted @ Friday, July 09, 2010 4:11 PM by Michael H


I am convinced that all Associations must have a parking program in place with clearly defined rules, 
proper identification of unit owners vehicles (stickers), guest parking clearly defined and proper protocol in place for overnight guest, methods to report vehicles that can be sent to the towing company immediately and an answering service that can act as a clearinghouse to prevent wrongful towing, Clear signage is important. No one likes to have their cars towed and every method should be done to avoid it. If sincerely efforts have been made then no second guessing can exist. Our Association does none of this so that the bully Board president can do whatever he wants, always disregarding the rules himself. Multiple garages (against rules) operating a business from the garage (against the rules) and then threatening to tow any guest of mine. Read my above post. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Jim Court 
Elmhurst,Illinois

posted @ Friday, July 09, 2010 6:38 PM by Jim Court


I am a guest of my boyfriend (he is the owner of his condo) the board has a problem with a guest that stays over night for more than 2 consecutive nights and has threatened my vehicle to be towed if I dont change my drivers licence and registration address saying I live with my boyfriend... 
I dont live with my boyfriend!! I just want to be able to sleep over whenever we want to be together. 
 
I am an owner of my own condo located down the street in another development. I dont think its legal for the board to ask me to change my address in order for me to spend the night when we want to be together.. in fact they said if you dont like our rules he can sleep over your condo or get married!!!  
Is this legal for them to make me change my drivers license and registration and loose my homestead for my property?? 
What can I do about this??

posted @ Sunday, January 16, 2011 12:15 PM by Sandy


Am having a hard time understanding a condo rule where you can park a motorcycle at the condo during the day but not overnight. Unfortunately the storage lot (which i have had to rent) just to keep my Stallion parked closes at 9 PM. So one is between a rock and hard place If you get back after 9 PM you can't get into the storage lot and you can't park at your condo. What is a bike going to do overnight that it isn't going to do during the day ? Just trying to understand the logic of their rule. How does one  
go about changing a rule ?  
Thank you  
G

posted @ Monday, May 16, 2011 8:40 AM by G


My condo association has rules about parking that everyone usually follows. But there is no safe unloading zone for handicap people. My brother parked in the super's spot on a Sunday to let my mom, who is severely handicap, out of the car and get her to my apartment. (The super does not work on the weekends.) By the time, he came back down to the car (25 minutes) someone had his car towed.The towing compay charge a whopping $500! Is there anything to do about places that do not have unloading zones for handicap persons?

posted @ Tuesday, December 27, 2011 10:32 AM by gs in NJ


Condominiums should be outlawed in this country. It only breeds a bunch of scared, desperate despots who try to ruin others lives by using their rights while denying the owners (SHAREHOLDERS) their own rights.  
 
That said, they have the right to tow because it is common or limited common elements. But, if you are like many communities, the problem should be handled more wisely in house rather than creating nasty energy and resent.  
 
After all, such "our way or the highway" treatment of residents has easily worsened this already crappy economic situation, because given the first chance, people started dumping their places for next to nothing, walking away, and short saling, all to "stick it to the condo board" who were too scared to be problem solvers.  
 
So, if you're on a board, get your head out of the sand, and stop hiding behind rules that no longer are working for your community -- the real owners. No, you do not have greater ownership and are entitled to nothing more than other reeidents just because you volunteered for the thankless gig.

posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:25 AM by jane


Jane,  
 
I just read your comments and I couldn't agree more. People who seek these positions often have a strong need to bully and control others. They are often narcissist with entitlement mentality. They have one set of rules for themselves and another set for others. I would never buy into an association again. This has been the worst experience in real estate I have ever had. I am an energetic and optimist go-getter whose personality seems to evoke resentment by a bunch of chronic malcontents who wish to bring others down to their level of unhappiness. I have never seen more frowns and unhappiness. 
I have been under constant attack ever since I ran for the Board. I have deep experience in property management and maintenance as well as real estate investing. I was apparently a threat to our Board president who has a landscaping contract, violates the rules about the usage of garages ( he stores his equipment in there and runs a business from there) He is a bully who uses false charm and power of others to completely dominate this property and treat it like it was his own. I now understand how Jim Jones operated and why the people put up with abuse and drank the Kool-Aide Have others experienced anything similar? I would like to hear about it.

posted @ Monday, October 15, 2012 9:26 AM by Jim Court


my car was towed for expired tags the rule ia not in the governing rules just some rule the ass passed there are signs for illigal parking not tags is this legal they charged me 200 dollars

posted @ Sunday, December 02, 2012 4:58 PM by mick verrette


I don't think that they can if it has something to do with self storage in SLC. I could be wrong though. I think I vaguely remember hearing something about it though.

posted @ Friday, June 28, 2013 10:50 AM by Jim Stout


we had our car towed 3 times once for a expired tag next for a stolen tag and then for a sale sign in the car the board are jerks I threaned to sue them they said go ahead I am moving I cantwait to the next meeting I wil be there we have lved he for 25 years

posted @ Sunday, June 30, 2013 6:42 PM by lori verrette


Organizations reflect the attitudes and values of those who are in power. Power is often gained by the most manipulative and cunning individuals, not necessarily by those best suited to do the job. These people are often more concerned with self-interest and power than the good of others. Abuse is typical. Although I value the idea of community, I sincerely question the value of living under self managed boards. It attracts control freaks and angry individuals, Home is a place to be enjoyed, not a place to feel stress. Boards need more oversight by the Government.

posted @ Sunday, June 30, 2013 7:51 PM by Jim Court


Jane, 
 
I love your thought process. I would like to share more about this dysfunctional property but do it privately for the moment. I can be reached at idealist2@aol.com 
 
Jim Court

posted @ Monday, July 22, 2013 11:37 AM by Jim Court


How can I retrieve all of the writings I have submitted on this website?

posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 3:50 PM by Jim Court


my condo association allows us two parking spots one in the garage and one parked behind the garage. the other has to be parked on the street. we have all these empty spaces used for "visitors" but we hardly ever get any to fill up the lot. can they threaten to tow my car if I use one of these visitor spots?

posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:02 PM by kim


I hope they will never tow my vehicles. I just had my motorcycle repaired recently. I really don't want to get it damaged again.

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:50 PM by Bob Strong


It seems like they should allow some time for people to update their license plates. Sometimes that can be a timely process. If the police allow it, I think the towing company should allow it as well. 
Shelly Slader | http://www.aaatowingandrecovery.com/services.html

posted @ Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:34 AM by Shelly Slader


If the vehicle is on the lot without a permit, then the Association should be able to tow it. Otherwise, there should be rules and regulations about parking. It all depends on the individual rules set by the Association on where you can park and whether it can be towed. http://www.roadwaytowing.ca/en/about_us.html

posted @ Friday, May 09, 2014 3:50 PM by Bob Strong


If they'd already made the law, then they do have the right to enforce it by towing the vehicle. Instead of worrying about this one case, I'd look to change that law specifically. It's not going to help out this one tenant, but it could ease things up in the future. $30 is a lot more doable than $170. 
 
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posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 5:53 PM by Jennifer Davies


Since it is there property it is legal. I'm surprised they chose to do that though. They must have a good relationship with the local towing company! http://www.towinginlakewood.com

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:24 PM by Calvin James


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