Anyone know any lawyers in Boca Raton area? Condo association rules.....

MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 1,967 Captain
My wifes' Grandmother has a condo in Boca Raton. Due to failing health, she no longer lives in the condo, but still has her car down there. She pays extra for a covered parking spot. Her registration expired on the tag, and the condo association and/or tow company towed the vehicle due to being ''illeagally parked". :banghead
Her Grandmother lives up north now with her children, and we are the closest relatives.
I have a few questions that perhaps a lawyer or internet-lawyer can answer.
Besides the obvious that they could have called us first before towing. :banghead

1) is it legal for them to tow from a parking spot that she pays for, if the tag is expired?
2) Is there a law that they can only tow the vehicle so many miles from the condo to the storage lot?
3) any other legal ground we can stand on here?

Btw, I believe the bill is ~$600 or so. We are not paying this, but I feel that my in-laws are being taken advantage of here. This is the same condo that towed my truck 2 months ago because they have a no-pickup rule. :willynilly

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  • jad1097jad1097 Posts: 9,610 Admiral
    yes
    no
    no
    IMHO

    condo **** suck and should all be shot on site! Same goes for HOA ****!
  • captinmitchcaptinmitch Posts: 5,807 Admiral
    jad1097 wrote: »
    yes
    no
    no
    IMHO

    condo **** suck and should all be shot on site! Same goes for HOA ****!
    This. Plus add 'Boca' to the mix. I'm so glad I moved from there.
  • magotmagot Posts: 6,640 Officer
    Anyone know any lawyers in Boca Raton area? Condo association rules.....

    If this ain't Flar-duh, I'm lost.
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 1,967 Captain
    I searched a little more online, and found out that we are screwed. I just found out that they did put a sticker on the car warning of being towed. A phone call would be nice, but then they would not have been able to charge an outrageous price. ****=HOAs
  • anejo22anejo22 Posts: 1,511 Officer
    Any car truck boat with expired registrations will be towed anywhere they are a liability. if they call the HOA and let them know they could not physically put the sticker on the car that would have been different. it sucks but thats how it works
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,675 AG
    This. Plus add 'Boca' to the mix. I'm so glad I moved from there.

    It's not for the faint of heart...
    Vote for the other candidate
  • SFL_crackerSFL_cracker Posts: 105 Officer
    The answer is your screwed!! The only chance is if the signage did not conform to state or county laws. It could be worse - A simalr situation happened to someone in aventura - they were out of the county. Car was towed. 30 days latter is gets sold for fees....she basically lost her car over an expired registration
  • fishknutfishknut Posts: 3,928 Captain
    a lawyer in boca, you cant swing a dead cat down there without hitting a lawyer
    Fail to plan, plan to fail.......
  • I had a lawyer in Boca. For $600, you'd get a little less than 2 hrs of his time. Just pay the towing fee.
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,328 AG
    Glazer and Associates are probably the best lawyers specializing in community association management and laws thereabout.

    http://www.condo-laws.com/CM/Custom/TOCPracticeAreaDescriptions.asp

    This is a personal opinion having been in association management in this area.

    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
  • esteroestero Posts: 2,041 Captain
    It should state in the documents that they can tow and for the reasons.

    Just because you’re  Offended  Doesn’t mean you right!

  • SuperFlukeSuperFluke Posts: 1,889 Captain
    It is a nice little racket the association managers and the towing guys have set up. Not a lot you can do about, lamentably.
  • Bimini TwistedBimini Twisted Posts: 11,271 AG
    SuperFluke wrote: »
    It is a nice little racket the association managers and the towing guys have set up. Not a lot you can do about, lamentably.

    Probably the #1 scam HOA's all across the country have been running for a long time.
  • You won't have to look far, there are probably 15 lawyers in that condo alone!
  • King_MeKing_Me Delray Beach, FLPosts: 5,456 Admiral
    I'm so glad I moved from there.

    Me too!! Moved out back in 92' It was bad back then and can't imagine what it's like today.
  • HomerSimpsonHomerSimpson Posts: 6,573 Admiral
    its not just a condo thing. city code enforcement can require you to remove your vehicle from your personal property if its not registered.
  • SuperFlukeSuperFluke Posts: 1,889 Captain
    its not just a condo thing. city code enforcement can require you to remove your vehicle from your personal property if its not registered.

    Yeah, but these associations are actively out there looking for this stuff day and night. In most cases, you never get a notice. You wake up to find your car gone... and a big "cash only" bill down and whatever tow place they have a deal with.
  • BillyBilly ChassahowitzkaPosts: 2,703 Captain
    SuperFluke wrote: »
    Yeah, but these associations are actively out there looking for this stuff day and night.

    Knowing that why wouldn't you...uh...get a current registration?

    This case might be a little different, as she probably didn't know, and no one really thought of checking but still.

    I often get confused by these posts that complain about things that are done wrong (and sometimes illegal) and then wondering why they get penalized.

    Bill
    "And the ocean is howling for the things that might have been..."
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 7,632 Admiral
    The only reasonable option is to burn the
    mother*****ers to the ground.
  • SuperFlukeSuperFluke Posts: 1,889 Captain
    Billy wrote: »
    Knowing that why wouldn't you...uh...get a current registration?

    This case might be a little different, as she probably didn't know, and no one really thought of checking but still.

    I often get confused by these posts that complain about things that are done wrong (and sometimes illegal) and then wondering why they get penalized.

    Bill

    You are right. But this isn't some horrid crime like driving around unregistered. This is sitting in your own driveway with expired tags. This is an entrepreneurial endeavor for the association. They get kickbacks from the towers. Is there some greater good served by having some twirp in a golf cart driving around daily looking for expired tags?
  • BillyBilly ChassahowitzkaPosts: 2,703 Captain
    SuperFluke wrote: »
    You are right. But this isn't some horrid crime like driving around unregistered. This is sitting in your own driveway with expired tags. This is an entrepreneurial endeavor for the association. They get kickbacks from the towers. Is there some greater good served by having some twirp in a golf cart driving around daily looking for expired tags?

    I agree...there certainly are other bigger things to tackle.

    Kind of like victim less crimes taking up LEO's efforts when much bigger fish are available to fry. So to speak.

    I'd approach it from that angle, changing the rules, because if it's wrong...well...it's wrong. And trying to beat a wrong is certainly futile if you're guilty.

    Bill
    "And the ocean is howling for the things that might have been..."
  • SuperFlukeSuperFluke Posts: 1,889 Captain
    Billy wrote: »
    I agree...there certainly are other bigger things to tackle.

    Kind of like victim less crimes taking up LEO's efforts when much bigger fish are available to fry. So to speak.

    I'd approach it from that angle, changing the rules, because if it's wrong...well...it's wrong. And trying to beat a wrong is certainly futile if you're guilty.

    Bill

    Like many things, the rules are there... it is a matter of enforcement.
  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 1,967 Captain
    We drove down, and paid $620 for 18days of 'storage'.
    The registration was out of date, and has been resolved now. They did put some kind of sticker on the car warning that it will get towed, but we are the closest relatives to the condo at ~2.5hrs away.
    It would have been nice for the condo association or management to pick up the phone, but that is asking for too much... Obviously, my in-laws were in the wrong for not being up to date.
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