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Is there a better policy to towing HOA member vehicles?

Posted on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 @ 07:51 AM
  
  
  
  

I own four condo's in a gated community with a HOA. Every owner has a garage or carport and a parking pass is not required to park there. Each homeowner receives one parking pass that can be used for an additional car parked in non assigned open spaces. If a due paying homeowner slips and forgets to put the pass in the car it is towed without any courtesy notice or warning. I am fairly sure they are allowed to do this since it is a common area but is there not a more friendlier way to handle this situation? The tow company seems to have free reign and tows anything and everything.

I know of two cars they have damaged in the last two months. Can somebody please tell me of a friendlier policy that I may present to the board?

Maybe a courtesy notice or a phone call and towing to repeat offenders???

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We recently changed from towing to booting. We use a local security company than puts a boot on any car parked in areas restricted for permit parking only, etc. The boot is much "friendlier" because it keeps the car there on the property, and the cost to have the boot removed is just a little more than half of what the cost is to retrieve the car from the towing company. Your towing company should only be doing what you ask. Do they have signs posted? Have them remove the signs and have a company that boots cars post their own notice. This has worked very well for us. Feel free to email me directly if you have further questions.

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 8:46 AM by C. Neuman


Warning signs should be put on the car first. Then they should escalate to the next level. A boot does sound better than towing but it really should only be for people who are always abusing the system.

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 9:20 AM by Victor


This towing away behavior not only seems harsh, it IS harsh.  
 
Reasonable behavior would be to firstly put a warning notice on the vehicle. This will indicate that the association wants to and intends to enforce the rules and gives time for that to happen.  
 
An owner is expected to have read the rules, but not every visitor can be expected to have done that.  
 
 
 
I think that in Florida, the association can now impose fines for breaches. But any fine on an owner should be applied only after giving reasonable time to remedy the infringement.

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 9:39 AM by John C


This towing away behavior not only seems harsh, it IS harsh.  
 
Reasonable behavior would be to firstly put a warning notice on the vehicle. This will indicate that the association wants to and intends to enforce the rules and gives time for that to happen.  
 
An owner is expected to have read the rules, but not every visitor can be expected to have done that.  
 
 
 
I think that in Florida, the association can now impose fines for breaches. But any fine on an owner should be applied only after giving reasonable time to remedy the infringement.

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 9:41 AM by John C


A more friendler approach would be to scream at the person parked in that spot! NOT> 
 
 
 
This happened to me 2 years ago on Christmas day. A neighbor has a handicap spot in front of their house. Well with the holidays, she decided to go to her sons for the day and the night, returning the next day. I took it upon myself to allow a handicap person to use that spot for the day while visiting. She came home early and caused a big LOUD scene out front. 
 
Now that's the way to handle things. 
 
FYI anybody can park in a handicap spot it did not have her name on it. 
 
But we respect the fact that she parks there all the time.  
 
Now to the towing of vehicles..............maybe you should come live where I live....still LOL

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 12:21 PM by condo owner


In our complex we boot when it is in Permit Parking without a permit and towed when it is in a reserved numbered space. We have signs at the entrance of each parking area and parking garages. This seems to work well.

posted @ Friday, December 10, 2010 4:29 PM by D


This just another reason why condos are the worst. If you parked on a public street in front of your own home or apartment, some petty neighbor neighbor could not impose towing on you. A handicapped friend visiting could park in a handicapped without fear of towing. 
 
 
 

posted @ Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:33 AM by condo hater


One tactic that I have employed with some success is informing the towing company that if they touch one of my or my guests' vehicles, I would file a criminal complaint for larceny of a motor vehicle against all parties including the tow operators and and the trustees and would litigate the issue based on their l;ack of legal authority to tow my car from infront of my home parked on property that I pay condo fees and/or taxes to maintain. They have backed off. I should add new parking rules were foisted on us after I made the cardinal mistake of buying a condo.

posted @ Sunday, December 12, 2010 9:04 AM by condo hater


~ Vehicles cannot be towed without warning of some kind... 
 
And I believe there must be postings somewhere that alude to the dangers of being towed.... 
 
Also, it should be stated within your condos By-laws.....that the complex reserves the right to tow.  
 
~ READ ALL YOUR CONDO DOCUMENTS....

posted @ Sunday, January 09, 2011 11:59 AM by KELLI2L


If signs are posted indicating where parking is and is not allowed, then there is no "harshness" to towing illegally parked vehicles. If you park in a reserved or no parking area in a public street or parking lot, you are towed or ticketed. 
Our complex has 38 units and each unit has two marked reserved spots. Parking in a unit's spot without permission is a towable offense. Why should the unit owner (or the HOA) have to walk around to 37 other units to find out who the offending party is? As for people parking right in front of no parking signs, I have zero sympathy if they get towed. 
There are often reasons for no parking signs - in our complex is was to satisfy our insurance carrier who was concerned about the possibility of vehicles attempting to park in certain areas possibly striking pedestrians or structures. We were able to avoid installation of a very expensive concrete curb/parking bumper by simply posting signs prohibiting parking in those areas and agreeing to enforce through towing. Emergency vehicle access requirements and other issues are often involved.

posted @ Monday, June 20, 2011 9:27 AM by Arcticgirl49


Seriously, why can't people who live in a condo community just be responsible for THEIR ACTIONS? The rules are in place for a reason. If there were no laws or rules in society it would be a free for all out there in the already troubled world!

posted @ Saturday, September 03, 2011 5:20 PM by Brian Gladney


HOA hired me to enforce parking rules. Rules are clear, action regarding violators is clear. Signs clear. We're VERY generous, allowing 4 written citations, 4th stating vehicle now vulnerable to being towed at any time. Guest pass rules clear, violation procedure non existent, HOWEVER, there IS a printed copy of the parking rules on the back of the citations, with the words "A vehicle parked in violation of the parking policy will be ticketed fined, and/or towed by the Association" printed directly above the guest parking rule. 
 
MY question, is - do the parking rules ALSO apply to guest pass parking, or, do these need their own specific violation procedures printed on the citations?

posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:46 PM by C.F.


i purchases a new vehicle the tag was not for a yearlike we thought 2 months later the condo ass towed the vehicle my lawyer says this is illegal can i sue them

posted @ Thursday, November 01, 2012 8:52 PM by michael verrette


You can sue anyone you want, but making your second car a B-52 would be a lot more gratifying.

posted @ Sunday, November 18, 2012 7:42 PM by 2nd voice


I always had issues with my last HOA towing my friends cars when they were in the guest spots. I hired a lawyer and they had to pay for all of the fees. It was great. :)

posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:42 PM by Charles Neslon


I'm so glad that we have more than one pass per person here. I can have more than one friend over to visit at a time. My association is nice. http://www.roadwaytowing.ca/en/about_us.html

posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 6:42 PM by Anita Mas


There does seem to be a need for a warning system. I's perfectly legal for them to do without it, but it's definitely a deterrent. I'd go with the boot idea-- that way, at least cars won't get damaged. 
 
Jenn | http://linkstrailersales.com/services/hitch-and-trailer/

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:15 PM by Jennifer Davies


I think a warning is definitely a good courtesy to give before towing a vehicle. I would assume that most of the people using these passes and spaces are guests in the home. It's not fair to impose this rule on people who may not know better. I think putting a warning note on the car as a would be a better way to go about it. 
Claudia Rosenburg | http://www.roadwaytowing.ca/en/about_us.html

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:00 PM by Claudia Rosenburg


Towing policies are contractually binding. there's a lot that really helps you out. If there weren't regulations, the system would be all over the place. 
http://www.aaatowingandrecovery.com/services.html

posted @ Monday, July 14, 2014 3:12 PM by Elias Rufus


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