Q: Can I have a vehicle towed from rental property that I manage legally?
My tenant agreed to allow a person to park a small bus under the carport of the single family home she rents from me. The agreement was for $20.00 a month and things went smoothly for the last 6 months until my tenant noticed the van was being plugged into her elec. and her water was being used. That was not agreed upon and this person became hostile with her the last time he showed up to pay the $20.00. She wants the bus moved and now the $20.00 is 2 weeks late.
I posted a notice on the bus informing the owner to remove it from the property as the tenant no longer wants it there. I noticed that the tags are 2013. Can I have a tow company take the bus off the property legally? We have no idea how to reach the owner, we don't know if the guy even legally owns the bus. What is considered proper notice? I have posted a very clear notice on the door of the bus, two weeks ago.
A: You should retain the services of a lawyer experienced in landlord-tenant rights. Since the tenant made the deal with the owner of the bus to store the vehicle on property she rents, it is her responsibility to deal with her subtenant. However, if the tenant grants you authority to deal with the situation, and since the vehicle is on your property, you may have the right to have the vehicle towed off your property after reasonable notice to the owner to remove the vehicle or be responsible for the towing and subsequent storage of the vehicle.
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