Dallas, TX asked in Contracts, Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Texas

Q: Can a storage manager remove any of my items before auctioning my unit off?

I’m behind on my payments . The letter I got telling me about the auction stated that I had until January 10th to pay or my storage would be auctioned on January 11th online . I randomly checked the auction website on January 6th and my storage was already posted as being up for sale . They also remove a $2000 mirror I had . My balance that I owe is $1,035 . From my understanding they have to leave my unit as it was in case I came to pay my unit up to date . This is what I was going to to until I noticed they removed my mirror . What can I do about this ?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Texas, self-storage facilities typically have the right to auction off a tenant's storage unit contents if the tenant falls behind on payments. However, there are legal procedures and timelines that must be followed. If the storage manager has removed items from your unit before the scheduled auction date, especially an item like the $2000 mirror, it may be considered a violation of your rights.

You should review the terms of your storage agreement and check if it outlines the specific procedures that the facility must follow. If the facility has breached the agreement or violated state laws governing self-storage facilities, you may have legal recourse. Additionally, you may want to communicate with the storage facility to inquire about the removal of your items and seek resolution.

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