Have you ever heard stories of people going back to get their stored items only to find out that the same items in the self storage rental have been sold? Your first reaction would be to get mad at the companies or owners for doing it. The reality is owners of mini storage units do not sell the items in the unit on a whim. Being legitimate companies, they are bound to follow different laws about self storage units.
The most obvious reason would be that you, as the tenant, have actually been behind on your payments or have not actually paid at all. Generally the rule is that once a unit becomes unpaid for at least three straight months, then the owner has the right to open the unit and sell the items inside.
So why are people unable to pay their rent? There are many reasons that these occur. The person renting the unit could be facing money issues. He or she may have been fired from a job or have other expense that need to be prioritized. Either way the person has been unable to pay the monthly dues. Just because you have not paid your monthly payments does not mean that the owners want you to default on the rental. The laws vary on different states. Most agree however that once non-payment becomes an issue, the owners are required to inform you about it in order for you to make the payment. Though auctioning the items is default move, there are in fact owners that will lock up the self storage units and let the payment accumulate.
Another reason why people forget to pay is that they may have discarded the notices as it may have been clumped together with the junk mail. By the time you read the notice it may already be too late or the payment due may be so high as to make you discard your items in the mini storage units.
The surprising thing is that there are people that just forget that they have rented a unit. They may have a lot of things on their mind and it just simply escaped them. It will only come back to them when they need a particular item and remember that they have in fact rented a unit.
Still another reason items are auctioned off could be that the warehouse were the items are stored have experienced damaged and the items inside have been ruined. It could have been a large storm and the facility experienced a leak. In this case the persons renting the self storage units may have given their permission to auction the items as it may have become useless to them.
If you are interested in buying items in defaulted units, so can go to the nearest facility or visit A-American Self-Storage. Due to their wide reach they rent a lot of units and are at times need to auction items. You can visit their facilities in Nevada or Missouri. They also have a lot of facilities in California like in Lancaster with website at http://aamericanselfstorage.com/lancaster.php
When renting self storage units, never forget that you rented one and be updated in your payments.