A repossessor sometimes completes a repossession by following a car into a gated area or gated community (sometimes referred to as “piggybacking”), or the repossessor drives in when someone exits the gate. Both situations amount to a breach of the peace and are unlawful. California statutory law and caselaw define a breach of the peace…

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A repossessor who takes – or attempts to take – property in breach of the peace (e.g., by force or by illegally entering a locked garage) can be sued for violations of the fair debt collection laws. In fact, the repossessor can be sued under both the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the…

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A repossessor cannot enter a gated and locked garage to repossess a car. There’s no exception to this rule. If a repossession agency takes a car from a gated and locked garage, the agency has committed a breach of the peace and the consumer can sue the repossession agency. A repossession must be accomplished without…

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If you have a car loan, the lender can retake possession of your car after a default by “self-help” repossession. That means the lender does not need to file a lawsuit, but can just send the repossession company to pick up your car upon a default. Self-help repossession, while legal, is a drastic remedy and…

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