Is it legal for a recovery company to charge me a cash fee to collect the things that were in my car at the time of recovery?
I turned in my car to the creditor, but there were a few things in it, my ID, and some items needed for work. They know these things belong to me however they are telling me I can't have them back without paying a "cleaning and storage" fee. According to the creditor they are already including storage and cleaning in the auction charges. Obviously, money is a problem, that's why I turned in the car. Is it legal for a company to hold me over a barrel like this? I still have the keys, (my wife had them in her purse at the time of recovery). Should I negotiate a trade? or how should I proceed?
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Unfortunately, Georgia has a statute that gives the party repossessing a motor vehicle "a lien on [any personal property found in such motor vehicle] for any reasonable expenses incurred in storing such property or in giving notice to such owner." O.C.G.A. § 44-14-411.1(a). So it appears that they can hold your property subject to payment of their "reasonable expenses incurred." How much are the repo-folk asking for?
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