Q: What are the laws around visitor parking in communities?
My car got towed from visitor parking spot in the “The Chase at Overlook Ridge” in Revere, MA. The spot had a sign stating “Visitor Parking - unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owners expense”. When I went to take my car from the towing company, they said the building management hs a rule that they need parking pass from 4-8pm. The parking sign did not provide this information. Is this my fault? If not, is there a way to take this to court or any other recommendation to get my money back?
G.L. c. 266 s. 120D covers towing from private parking lots and prohibits towing except in certain circumstances. https://plus.lexis.com/document/?pdmfid=1530671&crid=514206ab-b2fa-4174-8be5-e18092f2fba9&pddocfullpath=%2Fshared%2Fdocument%2Fstatutes-legislation%2Furn%3AcontentItem%3A5FFB-G2W1-6HMW-V0XX-00000-00&pdtocnodeidentifier=AAEAABAABAAFAGS&ecomp=dfJkk&prid=d01f0e10-98a0-420a-beb7-754e27e7e55a
You should review this statute and send the Overlook a copy with a demand letter but be prepared to file a small claims action. I doubt the building would pay you voluntarily. Also, there may be something further about parking rules for this location.
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