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Old 27.08.2015, 13:15
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3 tickets/3 days from Private enforcement company

We are borrowing a car from a friend that lives out of town, while we consider buying it.

Our apartment complex has guest parking spaces which we can us if we the guest parking card in the front window. Its the first time we've used these parking spots and there are no signs anyplace indicating time limits or rules, etc.

We've been using one space or another for about two weeks. The other day I looked at the car and it had 3 tickets from the last 3 days, each for 50 chf.

I looked into it and the ticket is issued by a private contractor.

We will probably buy the car from the individual, who is leaving the country and does not plan to own another car in CH.

I feel like we should have been given a warning before getting a series of tickets before we have a chance to respond - especially since we live here. It also seems unfair for receive so many tickets without there being a sign of any kind explaining the policy.

Should I pay the fine to the private company or just do the transfer without paying.

Can the mieterverband help?
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Old 27.08.2015, 13:41
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Re: 3 tickets/3 days from Private enforcement company

Did you have the card in the window? If so, why would they have given you the tickets?

As for warnings, why should they? Any 'guest' would surely notice after the first one, I would have thought. And signs? Well, you don't say what part of the 'policy' you were breaching, but if it's in your block presumably the rules are available to you and you would be assumed to be aware of them.

Unless there is something else you're not telling us.

And yes, you should pay them, otherwise your friend whose car it is will be in trouble. Buying the car now will make no difference whatsoever.
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Old 27.08.2015, 13:52
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Re: 3 tickets/3 days from Private enforcement company

I thought the consensus was that private tickets issued by private companies/individuals have no force in law.
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Re: 3 tickets/3 days from Private enforcement company

As you said when you put the guest parking card in the window, you should be entitled to park there, then why the tickets? If that is the case I would definitively not pay until I find out why.
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Re: 3 tickets/3 days from Private enforcement company

Perhaps it's that the guest spaces are meant for just that... your guests.
You might be allowed to use a space for a day or two in exceptional circumstances, but for two weeks?

It's quite possible one of your neighbours has complained, or that the person responsible for 'policing' the parking area has noticed that you're a resident and not really entitled to park there.
Ask your concierge/caretaker about the parking spaces and the tickets, if they're not sure check your contract and with the regie/letting agency.

Out of curiosity, where are you intending to park once you have bought the car?
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