The vehicle owners’ violation:
They didn't notice the fine print on the postage window sticker parking permit they received when they moved in. At the bottom -- in print so fine you almost need a magnifying glass to read it -- the words, "Expires Aug 31, 2010."
"When I first got and realized that I had a boot on my car, it really ticked me off," says Ryan Walls, a resident since February.
Walls and his wife are not the only angry renters at the Remington Condominiums.
“They never told us that we had to renew them and pretty much half the people who live here got booted," says David Bernal.
"At this moment, I am angry,” says Kwan Hyukmin
Walls explains his anger. “I live here. I pay rent here.”
The money renters pay includes parking privileges. It is stipulated in the contract, buried on page seven, paragraph 37:
“… the renter must display in plain view at all times a current parking permit sticker … “
What it doesn't say is that the sticker comes with an expiration date, which is not in plain view. At the bottom of the postage stamp-sized sticker, in print so fine you practically need a magnifying glass to read it, are the words “Expires Aug 1, 2010.”
Renters’ confusion, and their outrage, stems from the fact that their rental contracts don’t expire August 31st.
“It caught me totally by surprise,” Says Walls. “Nobody told us we were getting booted.
ABC 4 found what residents found when we went to the management office - no one on duty. Likewise, there was no one at the towing company, "Parkway Authority" of Orem to answer our questions. We stopped a property manager making the rounds in the parking lot.
"They get the notices and it seems like they get plenty of warning," says manager Jerry Campbell.
He says the permits are designed to protect rent paying residents from encroachers who would park at the apartment complex and walk across the street to attend classes on the UVU campus next door. Tenants say they need protection from the tow truck drivers’ boots.
For their part, the Walls say they’ll move out as soon as they find someone to buy their contract. They promise they’ll warn their replacements to beware the boot.