Warwick, RI asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island

Q: can a landlord tow my vehicle without notice?

we were in a rollover accident on 2/19 (it is now 2/22). we are still awaiting the police report, and our vehicle was towed to our parking area (private off street parking with assigned spaces, of which we are only taking up our own space). the vehicle has considerable damage to it, but is not effecting anyone else in any way shape or form other than appearance. the only mention regarding the driveway in our lease is a line stating that "any debris or refuse must be removed". the vehicle is still registered, has inflated tires and is movable though not able to be driven on a road due to the damage to the windshield.

1 Lawyer Answer
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: If it is not roadworthy, one could argue that it is "debris" or refuse." Probably best for you to get it to an auto body shop where they will be able to allow the insurance company to make their assessment and perform the necessary repairs, should that be the option you choose. Then, you will have a place to put your rental vehicle.

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