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Old 07-26-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Is there a law about abandoned cars? I know in certain states like Texas, they have laws where you can claim abandoned houses after so long allot of people don't know about. There has been a 2003 Nissan Altima in the same parking spot at my apartments for almost 3 years. It has been in a major wreck front and rear. I examined it, needs a bumper, tail light, front bumper, grill, hood, and both head lights. Frame doesn't appeared to be damaged. It is a shame someone just is letting the car rot. With some body work it would make a nice car.


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Old 07-26-2012, 11:39 PM   #2
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This is what Google found me --> http://www.absolutelawfirm.com/2010/...chanics-liens/


It will cost you money to try and gain legal possession of the car. Speaking with an attorney is your best bet IMO.
I would also say that it may be a good idea to have the apartment land owner to sign some type of complaint about the car. Something to the effect of it being an eye-sore and detracting from the value of the property as well as taking up a valuable parking space.
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its not a mechanics lien though..... but I see what you mean.
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That is totally up to the apt building owner. If it is in a privately own spot, it would not ever be up for grabs, except by the owner of the property.
First, the car may be being held to pay back rent. It would have to be held for xxx period of time per local laws before being disposed of to pay for back rent.
OR, it also could belong to a person living there, who is too sick to drive, but still hold out hope they could be able to. So that car is a symbol to them, and they are paying for the parking spot.
It may even belong to a soldier away on duty...

Anyway. Where i live the lease makes it clear any vehicle must be drivable, so no junk can be parked or left to rot.

So if the car annoys you, the only recourse is to complain to the manager.
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In Texas, the first thing you have to do is file a request form to get owner information. This costs a few bucks, & provides you with the owner's name & last known address. If you're the person wanting to take ownership, you have to contact the owner first & see if there's a title. From there, I don't know..because that's as far into the process as I've ever gotten. Someone abandoned a '94 Mustang at my office, but when I figured out what a pain it was going to be to take ownership, I dropped it.
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