View Full Version : perhaps a little legal advice
05-14-2003, 08:30 AM
ok, so a friend of mine lives in an apartment building that has somewhat gated parking. the front is and the sides are. but someone can hop the side gates and then walk in through the back. this happened at his apartment. his car ended up getting stolen and they were able to leave the garage because the opener was in his car. now...should my friend ask for some compensation from the owner of the building? a second complication is that he's not on the lease. he kind of took over someone else's spot (there are two people there. one guy left, so this guy took his spot). what do you guys think he should do? thanks.
05-14-2003, 08:40 AM
I think he should move out of South Central!
05-14-2003, 08:45 AM
Sounds like he's screwed.
I had my car broken into at my old apartment and the owners wouldn't do anything.
Since your friend isn't even on the lease, i would say he has a 0% chance of getting anything from the apt owners.
Hopefully he had full coverage on his auto insurance, because he'll need it.
05-14-2003, 09:09 AM
ya - i think he's screwed cause he's not on the lease.
05-14-2003, 09:09 AM
Yeah, he should check the lease. There's prolly some fine print about parking at your own risk... blah blah blah.
05-14-2003, 09:36 AM
Even if your friend was on the lease, I'm sure the lease would have a clause absolving the property owners of any liability for his car, or even his property inside the apartment.
05-14-2003, 08:35 PM
ok. thanks guys! i appreciate it.
05-14-2003, 09:00 PM
Your friend has about 0% chance of getting any compensation for the loss of his car. First off, the landlords job isnt to protect your friends car. The reason there are gates are for added security and to prevent unatuthorized people from parking in the reserved spots. Its a courtesy and doesnt provide any sort of bailment for your friends car. The situation would be different if there was a rule that you had to tandem park all cars and thus leave your keys with an attendant and then the car got boosted.
As to whether or not it really matters concerning the lease, it would honestly depend on the terms and conditions of the original lease. If the original lease provided against subletting apartments and such, then he would not really have a leg to stand on. If it didnt, and he has a written agreement between him and the person he is leasing from, he could have the same rights as the original lessor..it all depends on the type of lease.
This probably wasnt what you wanted to hear but I hope it helps.
05-14-2003, 09:25 PM
Your friend is out of luck.
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