Nashville, TN asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Can my apartment complex tow my car for having expired tags?

My boyfriend's car has expired tags and they just a notice on it today that it will be towed. I searched through the lease agreement and I cannot find any information regarding a vehicle with expired tags. It only states they can tow if the vehicle is parked illegally like if it's in a fire lane or in a handicapped spot. His car cannot pass emissions which is required in our county. We cannot afford to fix the vehicle so that it can pass.

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Ross Matuszak
Ross Matuszak

A: Thank you for your question. Absent more information, I cannot give a definitive answer. However, many apartment leases include a "disabled vehicle" clause. This clause usually states that the apartment reserves the right to tow vehicles that they believe to be disabled or an eyesore (due to damage or other factors). Remember, although you are a renter and you have rights under Tennessee law, the apartment complex owns the property and may have retained control of which vehicles are allowed to park on said property.

The best thing to do is to bring your lease agreement to an attorney and have them look it over to determine if the apartment complex has the right to tow your car.

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