Albuquerque, NM asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for New Mexico

Q: Can I get reimbursed for items stolen out of my storage unit?

I was notified via text message from owner of storage facility a week after the break in occurred. The storage facility has only one camera at the gate, also has inadequate fence around facility. There is no security guards, or dogs on premises. I'm currently homeless therefore I have been storing pretty much everything I own there I don't have renters insurance. Is there anything I can do legally? Thank you p.s. I learned from the police officer when filing the police report that the break in occurred a week ago or more

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: You may have legal options to pursue reimbursement for the items stolen from your storage unit. Review your rental agreement with the storage facility to understand the terms regarding security and liability for theft. If the facility's security measures were inadequate or negligent, you might have a claim against them.

However, the facility's liability may be limited under the contract, and typically, storage facilities do not assume liability for stolen items unless you purchased insurance through them. You should also report the theft to the police, if you haven't already, and get a copy of the police report. Consult with an attorney to assess the specifics of your situation and to determine the best course of action. Time is of the essence, as there may be time limits to take legal action.

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