Hi, thanks for your question. My name is ***** ***** can assist.
Is this a private parking charge, for being on private car park?
yes - company name - G24, it was a Homebase car park
Okay. What did the sign actually say though please, do you have it with you?
I can give you that info in an hour, can we put this on hold until then?
Easier if I just attach the photograph:
OKay. The wording of these things can be pretty important you see.
This one tends to suggest you're agreeing to pay a fee, in which case, it would be okay and would be enforceable.
It for example, it was a clear case of "If you're here longer than 30 minutes, you're in breach of agreement and you must pay a penalty of ..." then it would be different.
Basically, the law says that damages for breach of contract must be a genuine pre-estimate of the loss to the landowner. In a lot of these cases, they are not, and that's why they become unenforceable.
Yours is worded differently, saying you can stay there, but you pay an agreed fee.
It's likely to be enforceable in my view.
So by staying there, does that mean that I automatically agree to the possible fine - without having signed a contract? Is it completely water tight?
Nothing is ever completely watertight and a lot of the times, if you contest things with these companies, they wont pursue. But with that comes a lot of hassle etc.
A written agreement is not required.
ok - its bad news, but I appreciate your help
Sorry about that!
Can I ask whether you're happy with the service please (as opposed to the answer)?
yep, sad about answer, happy with service