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Some may think the parking lot owner should reimburse an individual for his or her loss, but this is generally not the case. However, if the possession, custody or management of the vehicle is released to the property owner—in what is known as a bailment—the property owner may be liable.
The most familiar example of a bailment is when one gives his keys to a parking lot attendant and the attendant is able to move that vehicle about the property without the owner’s permission. This is an actual transfer of custody and transfer of control of the vehicle.
Even if a bailment relationship is not established, the owner of the lot or parking garage may be liable if damages to the vehicle on the owner’s property are created by the…
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