My car was parked in a visitor spot of my bf's apartments . When we went to leave at around 10 : 30pm , the car was gone . I was told it was because after 10 : 00pm all cars , in a visitor spot or not , need a permit . There is no sign saying visitor's must have a permit or leave by 10 : 00pm , and the guy said " the resident's are supposed to inform you . " My bf was not aware of this rule , however his dad ( the one paying the lease ) was and did not say anything . I called the Fairborn police department to see if they had authorized the tow , and they just said that they were called before the car was towed from a company the apartments have a contract with . The property doesn't meet state requirements for a private tow - away zone so by state law they can only have police tow my car , not a contracted company .