I was visiting a friend in her apartment complex and parked in her lot which had signs that read “parking for residents and visitors only.” Violates are subject to tow at the owners expense. It turns out you need a permit to park in the lot but it is not on any of its signs stating that I needed a visitor parking permit. Also my friend was unaware of this. I reached out to the complex and initially got a response saying they didn’t think it was from their complex I was towed. After explaining myself and that it was their complex they ignored 2 of my follow up emails. Can I take them to small claims court to get the money back?
You can always sue anyone over anything. The question that matters is whether you will win and collect. There is no law that requires that signs must state that a permit is needed. Generally, the lease or policies at the complex will advise the resident on these rules and that is usually sufficient. Your friend being unaware is not enough to win your claim.
So ask your friend for a copy of the lease and any related documents and see if the policy is listed elsewhere clearly. If not, you may have a shot. No one here or anyone can know if you will win the small claims lawsuit and if you can collect. Good luck.
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