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Property Managers And Towing: What You Need To Know

Apt-girls-2In addition to regular roadside assistance and broken-down tow calls, we offer on-call service to property managers of apartment communities, shopping malls and other privately owned businesses. Business owners need a way to clear illegally parked vehicles hindering their operations, and we provide 24-hour service to help.

Of course, there are rules and regulations when it comes to moving parked cars. You can’t just call us to tow any car you see on the street. You can read all of Florida’s parking statutes online, but here are the highlights:

  • Any owner or lessee of real property can cause any vehicle parked on their property without permission to be removed by a towing business without liability for the costs, storage or damage caused by removal.
  • The towing of that vehicle is subject to strict compliance with the following:
    • Notice of towing areas must be clearly posted in prominent places
    • The vehicle must be stored within a certain radius from its original (illegal) parking spot, and that storage site must be open during the same hours as the towing company that put it there.
    • The police must be notified about any car being towed.
    • If the owner of the vehicle finds the car in the process of being towed, the car can be returned to them upon payment of a service fee.

The Important Stuff

For a property manager looking for on private towing services, there are a few things to take away from this:

  • You need signs to notify potential parkers about the consequences.
  • You need a signed agreement with a local company.
  • You’re not responsible for costs associated with the tow.

The need for a local towing company comes from a restriction on how far you can tow the car. Based on the population of your county, a car can only be towed 10, 15 or 20 miles away from where it was illegally parked.

That’s why you need a local company with lots all over town to make sure they can legally comply with the rules. Luckily for you, ASAP Towing has five locations conveniently located in Jacksonville and St. Augustine to assist in any part of town.

As someone in charge of towing, you might also have heard about “24 hour tow stickers,” which are notices stuck to offending cars warning them of an impending tow. You’ll see in the Florida statues above that there is no legal requirement to use them, but some find it a harmless courtesy to do so. The choice is yours.

That might leave you with more questions, but we have an online FAQ to help answer some common questions, which you can find here. If you still have questions, give us a call to talk things over.

If you’re ready to get started and secure your private party, you can download our towing agreement here.