Apartment complex resident takes issue with towing fee

WAVY/Walter Hildebrand

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake woman feels her brand new vehicle was unjustly towed. She’s also upset at the not-so-affordable $160 fee she had to pay Affordable Towing to get her car back.

Shelia Davis lives in the Chesapeake Crossing senior community, where permit parking is the rule without exception.

“I purchased the car on Friday. The office was closed, so I didn’t have time to get a sticker, which is required by the residents out here. I drove it to church on Sunday, got home around 11:05, and when I came out around 2:30, it was gone,” she said.

Davis learned from police that Affordable Towing moved her car.

“I got the car back, but it’s the principle of the thing, Ava. I had to pay $160 yesterday, and that’s no joke,” she told 10 On Your Side.

It’s no joke for Boyd Homes either, which is the company that manages the complex. The company’s president, David Rudiger, explained the company’s perspective to WAVY.com.

“I feel badly for Ms. Davis, but the rules are out there. The parking lots are posted with signs. We have the residents sign off on the parking rules with their leases.”

He said Davis had options and could have made parking arrangements before she purchased the car: “The office was open on Saturday, so she could have come in on Saturday and gotten a permit. Secondly, there are visitor spaces that don’t require a permit, and if she had parked in any of the visitor spaces, it would not have been an issue.”

But Davis, unaware one of the offices was open Saturday, said if she had thought of it, she would have parked in the visitors’ lot. That’s a longer walk home.

“Give us a little slack here. We’re old. We’re trying to save our money to do whatever and then this happens. I was too through,” she said.

We spoke with Affordable Towing Owner Chris Kowalski by telephone. He told us signs are posted that it’s a decal controlled parking lot with visitor spaces allotted. We called around to some towing companies to find that fee is close to average in the area.

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