It sounds like your issue may be with your landlord. If the tow company has a ontract with the landlord (even back to 2009) and some sort of agreement that the tow company tows when they see a car in that spot, then the tow company has done nothing wrong (even if the current manager knows nothing about that.) Did you find out from the tow company who called in the tow? Good luck.
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The first thing you need to do is get your car. You will have to pay any towing and storage charges to get your car out. The longer you wait, the more it will cost you.
After that, you can sue the tow company and the landlord in small claims and let the judge work it all out.
Wrongful Towing is governed by Vehicle Code section 22658. There are several ways to fight your towing in small claims court. First, you could argue that the sign formalities in VC section 22658 (a) (1) were not met. If sign formalities were not met, the private property owner could be liable for statutory damages. Second, you could also argue that the towing was an illegal “roving tow at night” operation. VC s 22658 forbids tow truck drivers from having absolute discretion to tow, except in an emergency, handicap parking or fire lane. Depending on your facts there could be other statutory actions.
However, you would have problems suing the tow truck company in small claims court. When you recover your car from a towing lot, the tow company usually makes you waive any and all claims against them. You may want to challenge this release as a contract of adhesion or unreasonable.
To begin, file a small claims action to obtain any recovery. Read Vehicle Code s 22658 very closely because a judge may be unfamiliar with this nuanced area of law.
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