My question involves towing laws for the State of: Florida (Osceola county)
When I woke up this morning I found that my motorcycle had been towed from the front of my rented townhouse. I park in a recessed entryway (roughly 4-5 feet in from the sidewalk) which is where I have been parking my motorcycle for over a month. Today, with no prior warning whatsoever my motorcycle was taken. The towing company claims illegal parking, but they also state that no property manager or neighbor had complained or requested towing, and I have had no police officer cite a parking ticket.
I arrived at their compound to find scratches and paint chips across various parts of my motorcycle. The employee I was speaking with informed me that the person who towed my vehicle used a car wheel lift instead of a motorcycle flatbed. This is likely what caused most of the damage (other than the man dragging my left-side mirror across the wall in my entryway).
Tomorrow morning I am going to bring the bike back to the lot to speak with the manager about replacing all the damaged parts and having them pay for a full inspection at the Harley-Davidson dealership I go to. I don't expect a response before I go up there, but I do fully expect them to deny responsibility thus causing a full civil legal battle. So in the meantime, if anybody could help me, I need help finding the answers to these questions:
1) Do my local laws hold towing companies responsible for damage done, or do I have to file an insurance claim?
2) Did they break the law by using a non-standard motorcycle towing vessel?
3) Should my vehicle have been towed in the first place?
I have made bold the most important parts of my story so far, for swiftness and ease of reading.
Edit: I apologize for forgetting this detail:
The only parking related sign is one at the front gate that says "Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owners expense" but this sign does not state what is unauthorized.