San Diego, CA asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for California

Q: Can a storage facility lock me out just after 10 days?

Rent was due Aug 23rd. I had given my 30 days notice beginning of Aug. I went to empty my unit on Sept 5th but was told I need to pay the entire month of Sept in order to vacate that day on the 5th. I said I'll pay the late fee plus rent from Aug 23rd to Sept 5th and they said I had to pay the whole month of Sept even though they knew I was vacating that day. The lease says no refunds so wouldn't that be double dipping in rent? Needless to say they locked me out of my unit on Sept 3rd with no notice to me whatsoever and put a lien on my stuff. How is this legal?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California law, if a storage facility has a lease agreement in place that specifies the terms, including the requirement to pay for the entire month, they may enforce these terms. However, it's essential to carefully review the lease agreement for any potential violations or inconsistencies. If you believe there are issues with their actions, consult with an attorney to determine if there are grounds to challenge the facility's actions based on the specifics of your lease and the circumstances.

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