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Old 06-15-2014, 10:31 PM
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I live in an apartment complex in Tallahassee. My car was towed at 2:20pm on June 3 when I was out of town. I didn't receive any notice and hence knew nothing about my car being towed until my roommate told me that my car disappeared on June 10. I contacted the towing company and they said they towed my car because of a) flat tires; and b)expired tag. The tires were full when I left town 2 weeks ago. When my friend retrieved the car for me, only 1 tire was flat (but not entirely). As regard to the tag, my registration is up-to-date. It was the decal on the front window (permission to park in our apartment complex) that was expired. So basically they towed my car for the wrong reason.

Also, when my friend retrieved the car for me at 11:57am on June 11, they charged me 8 days of storage fees. According to the City of Tallahassee code of Ordinances (20-168-a-2), no storage fee shall be charged for the first 24-hour period from the time the vehicle is towed. The chief of police may revoke the privilege of any person to do trespass towing on the ground (20-163-a-5). Should I sue them at small claims court? Is it likely that I can get my money (total $262.60) back? Thank you so much in advance!!!
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:21 PM
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This is probably something you should discuss with a lawyer, not a forum. I know that is not probably advice you are looking for, but it is probably your safest course.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:10 AM
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I'm not providing legal advice since I'm not a lawyer .. but if your decal giving you permission to park in the complex was expired, I wouldn't think that you would have much of an argument to avoid towing charges. If your apartment requires you to keep a valid decal, it could be your fault. That would be the first question I would ask if I were a small claims judge. Maybe it's an issue between you and your landlord, but it may not be the towing company's issue if they have been told to tow cars that don't have valid parking decals.
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