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TARGET 13: Have you been towed? Tips on who enforces parking rules

Tips to prevent towing

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A handful of vehicle owners at Arbor Pointe Apartments reported their cars were towed a few days before Christmas without any notice.

The reality is: property owners aren't required to give any notice prior to towing. 

According to, city ordinance, owners of private lots have the discretion to determine what is or isn't illegal parking. The property owner hires to tow company to enforce. 

"Any vehicles removed from any property are ordered by the property management company," said Shane Swanson, owner of Midnight Recovery Towing.  "We only follow the rules that are issued to us."

John Altair's story

A few days before Christmas, John Altair's car went missing. 

"Came out about 7 o'clock in the morning...the car was gone," he said.

The property manager told Altair it was towed because he was parked over the line.

"A couple inches, not even a half of foot I don't think, but they said it was taking up two spaces," he said.
The tow cost him $239. 
'What bothers me is there was no notice and it hadn't even been 24 hours," he said.
A similar situation happened to Sean Donovan.
"They had come into the lot with no notice and had taken my vehicle and several others," Donovan said.
Donovan and Altair said the ice and snow covering the lot after the storm made it hard to park within the yellow lines.
"After being stuck in snow for several days, they basically waited for the snow to melt," he said.
Just a reminder: Property managers are not required to give any notice before towing.
Acute Property Management did not return our phone calls.


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