If the vehicle is not a repossession and is in fact a law enforcement impounded vehicle, in California the answer is, NO. The law in California says "we towing companies" must allow you to pick up your property, however, we are only going to give the property to the legal owner of the vehicle. Therefore, bring them with you, picture ID in hand. No they cannot charge you to get your personal belongings from your car.They can charge a fee if they actually do something like inventory and store your belongings.
Repossession companies must give you the opportunity to recover your personal belongings. That being said, they need not do so at the time of repossession. If they store your property for any length of time, the may charge a storage fee. They are not required to hold your property indefinitely either. If you make no attempt to recover you belongings, the repossession company will dispose of it after 30-45 days.
The repossession company is not responsible for returning belongings. The repossession company is responsible for notifying you where you can pick up your belongings and at what times. Some companies charge you a storage fee or only give you a few weeks to pick up your belongings before they become theirs.
* You have to contact the storage yard immediately. * If you have proof of ownership take it with you. (You might not need this.) * If you have proof that the car is registered in your name take that with you. * The storage yard should not charge you for holding your belongings if you have contacted them immediately. They might charge you some fee if they have to go to some trouble to get your belongings.
AnswerI have recently learned that the Department of Finance regulates collection agencies as well as finance companies. I was emphatically told that in a vehicle repossession, the towing company/repo company cannot, repeat, cannot charge a separate storage fee for your personal belongings. They belong to you. If you are told that they can charge for the goods, the goods, under the credit law means the good that can be repossessed under the loan which is the vehicle or the home, not the personal belongings. Call your local Consumer Protection agency to get help. I know this is the law in Maryland for a fact. It took me 30 days, but I am going to pick up my personal belongings tomorrow and I do not have to pay a storage fee for them. Tammy//This is true but you are not getting charged for your personal property it is for their time to remove it and give it to you. J D Recovery LLC
From experience, yes, you do have the right to get your belongings out of the car. You must first contact the repossession company and find out where they are holding your car. Second, you must bring a photo ID and in most cases, money for a fee that they charge. Third, they will have you sign a paper that you obtained your belongings and send you on your way. You must do this before they auction your car off. If you don't, your things are gone forever!
In the state of Florida, we are required under Florida State Statute ch. 493 to do a full inventory of items located in the vehicle at the time of repossession. You are then notified by mail (to the last known address) of the charges and usually company policy regarding when you can pick up your belongings. We are allowed to charge for our agent's time to inventory the vehicle and storage of the property if we choose. It's up to each company to decide what the fees will be. The state of Florida states your tag is considered personal property and is redeemed at the same time as the rest of your personal property.
Yes, not only may they, they likely will. When personal property is found in a repossessed vehicle, provided it is not illegal substances or firearms, the repossessing company must take an inventory of all property. They are required to store it pursuant to the individual laws of every state, Ohio is no exception, and they may charge staroage fee for that property. It is unlikely that they will release it to you until that amount is paid, and they may not release to anyone but the registered owner of the vehicle.
If you car was towed for a good and legal reason, then the company has the right to charge you money for the recovery of the vehicle - costs of towing and storage fees, usually. What they do with your personal belongings is usually let someone pick them up. In some cases, they may feel that they have the right to hold them, as "security" for your payment to them. (In cases of a repossession, they should give the personal items back, as the finance company is paying their fee, and has no desire for your stuff.) In theory, if you disagree with that, you could sue. But usually the cost of suit would exceed the value of most personal property in a car, and frankly, the tow company could as easily throw your stuff out and claim ignorance. By all means, consult a local attorney. Always a good idea. But it might - in this case - be even better to just settle with the tow company, or plea in such a fashion that they take pity on you.
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