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    Question Car parked in my private space, can I move it?

    Bit of a legal question here, I hope someone can provide me with a bit of guidance (be it sensible or otherwise)!

    I live in an apartment complex and have an allocated space in a secure, private underground car park. The spaces are clearly marked out and all numbered, and the only way to enter or exit the car park is with a remote keyfob or code.

    Would I be committing an offence if I was to get hold of a Ford towing eye, affix it to the Fiesta which has been in my space for the past two days, and drag it across the car park where I can dump it out of everyone's way? The gearstick's in neutral and I doubt the handbrake would be too much trouble for a 3.0 V6 with the traction control off...

    It happens fairly frequently and with the current weather I'm getting a bit peeved at having to park outside when I'm paying for a parking space....

    I've tried leaving notes, they don't tend to work... I was considering the clamping / towing to car pound options but apparently both are illegal up here in Scotland, which is both a good and bad thing I suppose.

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    This may sound like a silly suggestion, but it's meant to be a workable one: Jack it up at the back using a trolley jack, then pull it to where you want it to end up. If the road's smooth enough, it shouldn't fall off the jack.

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    Shouldn't your land lord or apartment manager sort this out ? If it's a rented place you all should have TC guidelines and parking should be covered so if you can report it.

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    Just watch out incase they either move yours or vandlise it!

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    Wow, two quick responses!

    Jezzy,

    Jacking it up was one of the options I was contemplating (the car park's surfaced with nice smooth concrete), but unfortunately the Fiesta doesn't have a jacking point at the back end so I'd need a jack for each side to get it moving, and even then it risks being a bit wobbly (mental images of paintwork being severly damaged by a slipping jack)

    I may or may not have tried jacking it up using the rear tow hook, seeing as it's not a particularly heavy car, but that's too high off the ground to get the wheels airborne and again I'd be worried about the jack slipping (this time potentially going through the fuel tank...)

    bigmac,

    The apartment complex has over 100 front doors and other than ringing every buzzer there's no way of finding out who the car belongs to (if it even belongs to someone living there... could be a visitor or just someone who sneaked in behind another car, I've never seen this particular car in the car park before). I could always report it to the landlord (and you're right, that's the proper way to do things) but I can't imagine that'll get me my space back any time soon... And by the time it does get dealt with the car will probably be long gone. It happens every once in a while, and I wouldn't mind so much if they'd left a note or if it had been the neighbour's daughter with her one-year-old (footpaths are extremely icy near me), but this is just clearly someone who thinks they can just park in whatever private parking space they like...

    Meant to post a pic of the car in my first post but forgot, so here I am, back within the law of the forum


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    What does your tenancy agreement say. It's a civil matter so the Police won't get involved unless some sort of argy bargy starts (breach of the peace and all that...).

    Take photographs of it parked in your bay, with a camera that displays the date/time in the shots. Make sure the number plate of the car is visible. Basically build up a catalogue of dates/times when it's there. Then approach the Landlord. You may even be able to claim the cost of the space back from him.

    Moving it yourself is not a good idea as he could claim you've done all sorts of damage and you can't disprove that. You be squeaky clean in it all and go through the proper channels. Its him thats in the wrong and as such it will right itself in the end.
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    seems unlikely the fiesta driver is going to shift your beast back out the way lol.

    Have they read the notes you're leaving/ is the car actually being used?

    Maybe an honest mistake and they've not been back to the car for a couple of days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GARY3306 View Post
    What does your tenancy agreement say. It's a civil matter so the Police won't get involved unless some sort of argy bargy starts (breach of the peace and all that...).

    Take photographs of it parked in your bay, with a camera that displays the date/time in the shots. Make sure the number plate of the car is visible. Basically build up a catalogue of dates/times when it's there. Then approach the Landlord. You may even be able to claim the cost of the space back from him.

    Moving it yourself is not a good idea as he could claim you've done all sorts of damage and you can't disprove that. You be squeaky clean in it all and go through the proper channels. Its him thats in the wrong and as such it will right itself in the end.
    Good advise and it could lead to something being done egarking post fitted so you can lock a post up when not in use

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    Personally, I'd find any empty space, park in it. Leave a note on the most visable area (If a tenant needs to park in that spot) and outline what has happened, and contact details. If enough tenants complain to a land lord. They'll get sick of it and get it towed.

    Good luck mate. Pretty crappy situation.

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    Normally in these circumstances, in Scotland, your first contact should be with the Caretaker assigned by the co-owners
    If this results in no action, then contact the Property Management company directly

    They should then find out who the owner is

    You are paying for a space you are entitled to, so also raise the question that it if your assigned space is in use by a vehicle not authorised or notified to you, what you are supposed to do, ie parking your car
    Sometimes the caretaker or Property Management company will issue you with a temporary or even a replacement parking space number

    Equally, take photos each day
    Once the car is removed, submit a request for a refund of those lost days, plus incidental costs

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