If my landlord left an anbandoned vehicle on the property I’m renting, can I legally have the car towed?

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If my landlord left an anbandoned vehicle on the property I’m renting, can I legally have the car towed?

My landlord moved out-of-state. He left a vehicle on the property that hasn’t moved in a year. I am getting fed up with the it being on the property and he hasn’t mentioned doing anything with the vehicle. I would like to know if I could have it towed legally, that way I wouldn’t have to deal with any confrontation.

Asked on June 21, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I would really not advise that you do that without speaking with your landlord about it ahead of time.  You say that he has not mentioned the vehicle but have you specifically asked about it?  And does the lease indicate anything about property left by him or do you lease the entire property?  If you lease the entire property I would let him know that the car interferes with your use and occupancy.  The proper way to deal with that is in court.  You need to go to court and file a proceeding that advises the court of the matter and request an abatement of the rent for the time you have not had full use. Good luck.


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