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?
A: Under California law, a self-storage facility may have the right to lock you out and place a lien on your belongings if you are in default of your rental agreement. However, it's essential to review the specific terms of your lease agreement and any applicable state laws. If the facility acted contrary to the terms of your lease or state law, you may have legal recourse to challenge their actions, but it would be advisable to consult with an attorney to discuss the details of your situation and explore your options.
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