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Storage companies face lawsuits alleging people who rent storage lockers from them have been subjected to wrongful storage contents auctions in which their property has been wrongfully auctioned off, in violation of state laws. These wrongful auctions involve the selling of property stored in a rented locker when the renter fails to pay. Although not all storage locker auctions are illegal, there are certain requirements that must be met before a person's property can be auctioned off.

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Storage Locker Auctions

storageunitsarticle Storage locker auctions are typically held when a person has failed to pay for the use of a storage locker. Self-storage companies might respond by refusing to allow the person access to the locker or by auctioning off the contents of the locker. When property is auctioned without the person's knowledge it falls under conversion, which refers to the illegal taking of someone's personal property without that person's consent.

When property from a storage locker is auctioned off, it is often at a profit to the storage company. In other words, the auction company makes more off the auction than was owed on the storage locker.

Consumers have complained that their property has been auctioned off without their knowledge. State laws, such as the California Self Storage Act, require self-storage companies to meet certain conditions before a person's property is auctioned. These conditions include sending two separate notice letters prior to denying a person access to a storage locker or the property contained within.

Furthermore, some consumers allege they failed to make payments due to mitigating circumstances or that when they tried to contact the storage company they were unable to reach anyone.

Wrongful Auctions


It is not illegal for a storage facility to auction a person's items if that person has failed to pay rent on a storage locker. There are, however, certain conditions that must be met before that auction is held. Failure to meet those requirements could result in a lawsuit against the storage facility, regardless of if the failure was intentional or an accident, such as when the wrong storage unit is auctioned off.

Conversion complaints can result in punitive damages awarded to the plaintiff. Lawsuits have been filed against storage companies alleging storage locker renters had their possessions wrongfully auctioned off.

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Last updated on May-8-15


READER COMMENTS

Posted by
sarah line
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All of my property was auctioned at Somerset Self Storage in Bridgewater nj in May or June of 2015. My rent was paid up. Most of the items in the 4 units are family items that are irreplaceable including photos, wedding albums, oil paintings done by my deceased aunt and grandmother. My family will pay whatever is required for the return of these items

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Yasmeen Nurdeen
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Edwards mini storage in las vegas nevada sold ,a lot of my prized possessions ,if anyone who has bought or has any of it or can help me in any way please e mail me.
I was NOT notified my things were going to be sold !!! I was only notified AFTER my belongings were sold .

Posted by
Yasmeen NurDeen
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My brother Abdur Rashid passed away and I put all of his clothes and shoes (he was literally the best dressed in the family ) and his beloved belongings in my storage unit along with a two gold arabic calligraphy pictures sent from my father all the way from Kuwait , one says Allah on arabic the other says prophet Muhammad peace be upon him , my father Abdullah Nuraldeen has also passed last March in Kuwait those were my prized possessions , also a painting my grandmother painted of my mother , my things were sold from Edwards mini storage in las vegas nevada . My stuffed animals I had since I was 4 years old were also in there , I was NOT notified what so ever of them selling my unit and and %100 completely heart broken knowing someone took joy in selling my family member's who have passed belongings , I'm deeply saddened , and I am begging edwards mini storage to help me but no response. Not to mention I WASNT even notified about my prized possessions.being sold . If anyone has any information about this or is willing to help me. I will pay ANY price to be reunited with my life time belongings I inherited PLEASE HELP .

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Jenartre tucker
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Today I call to make a payment on my storage unit and the lady said my storage unit it was auction off last month. I made a payment last month and late the lady on the phone know that I was going to be out of town and I was going to be late. The manager hasn't contact me back. The lady that's working right now says she has contacted her manager. I don't know why it's taking so long for them to contact me back. I had a house full of furniture and $10,000 worth of car parts and tools this doesn't seem right. I just made a payment last month. What should I do next? Can you plaese help me.

Posted by
Charlene
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hi my name is charlene I have had property at public storage and I have lost everything that was very valuable to me I am still in the process copping for what I had lost

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Anonymous
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My name is Nefertiti Williams I had a storage a the U-Haul on Tulane ave., New Orleans, I Lost all of my father's belongings pictures and all that I had left after his death without even being notified It all was wrongfully auctioned off by U-Haul in New Orleans La. My father was the late "Wayne Bennett" a blues guitarist for Bobby Blue Bland. All of his pictures, his flag from when he served as a U.S marine, obituary, everything I had to remember him is gone! I need help immediately please! My email is blessedbeme81@gmail.com some one please!

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California
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They auctioned my entire room without notifying me. And sent me a check for a fraction of what it was in there. Persian rugs, antiques, 44 years of my life’s belongings and my children's.

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Michigan
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My wife and I have had to store all of our belongings for several years at the same storage facility. Recently, that storage facility has been sold to another company. Since then, it has been a nightmare, leading to the loss of all of our belongings, including, of course, priceless, irreplaceable items. My wife has been unable to work the past few years but somehow I have managed to make the storage payments. When I went to make a payment on 1/12/15 of over $1,200, they refused the payment and proceeded to auction all of our things in two 10 x 20 units.

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Anonymous
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We lost our storages. A special box that had been taped with a half a roll by a little girl so special. Marked "fragile" with all ger special things that she had of her daddy's. .. this box had nothing of any value to any aution buyer none. Naybe the seashells. .. which we were happy to lose. Some of her Daddy's ashes were put In a necklace. These things were promised back to us and Management was clearly aware. But even with a description given to the auction group....we got nothing. Shay is 12. Lost her dad to cancer. Abd list her dad's ashes pictures yearbooks ornaments letter.... im begging to help us. ..

Posted by
California
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Our entire unit was auctioned off on July 16th without any written notice or publication in newspaper. Our rental agreement was payment in advance. We paid for month of (June) on due date 5/1/14. We were 15 days late paying for July but made entire payment ($425). Manager at storage facility said she tried to contact us by phone. When we went to facility on July 28th, our entire household of items from unit had been auctioned.

Posted by
Missouri
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I had a storage unit in Missouri. I had a phone message saying I had a date to pay by and they auctioned my unit off 2-3 days before that date.

Posted by
Colorado
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My unit was auctioned off when they refused to accept cash payment from me; I had called for the amount due, was given an amount, and when I arrived to pay, was told it was incorrect. I lost everything I owned. I had been a renter there for several years. Many others have the same experience.

Posted by
Virginia
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Our storage unit was auctioned off without us receiving a notice of the auction. It did not come by regular mail or by certified mail. This occurred last year but I was just made aware of the laws.

Posted by
Anonymous
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I have 2 storage units last year a new company came in and purchased as soon as that they raised all the fees then I was one month late and they already broke my lock and set an auction date I am in the middle of a lawsuit for a different reason so I talked to the manager and my attorney talked to the owner I told them I'll be settling in 2 months if they can hold out I think they just disposed of my stuff instead of just evicting my stuff to me.

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New Jersey
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I was not notified that my belongings were to be auctioned off. I did not even know they held an auction. I received a call on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the afternoon to come pick up some personal items. This is when I found out that my things had been auctioned off.

Posted by
Florida
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Storage unit was auctioned without any warning. Was only one month late with payment, and had this same unit for five years. Lost everything I owned.

Posted by
Virginia
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We rented a unit to store our inventory for our clothing business Jan. 11 of last year. On the 22nd of last month, our unit was sold and we did not receive a letter stating that this sell would take place. We contacted their facility on Jan. 20th and were told that we have until the 27th to pay the storage fee. When we called to pay for the unit, we were informed that it was sold. The only letter we received was a notice that our unit was sold a week after we were told over the phone. I would like to sue them for the value of the content in the storage. The total value is $120,000.

Posted by
New York
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Unknowningly, my personal belongings have been auctioned off. Last payment 11/5/13. However, when I spoke with the store clerk to discuss payment arrangments three (3) weeks ago, he made NO mention of the word "auction," and being through this ordeal before, I was aware of the 70-day deadline. When I called 1/23/14, I was informed my unit has been auctioned. Asking why, I was told “the laws have changed.” I am now looking into the certified letter they claimed to have sent.

Posted by
Maryland
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Auctioned off my storage unit without notifying me. My entire life was in that unit. I have repeatedly requested a copy of the letter they claim they sent me but they have not cooperated.

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