Denver, CO asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Wyoming

Q: Is it legal for a storage company to auction my unit with my motorcycle in it?

I have the title to my motorcycle, but a storage facility sold it along with the contents of my storage unit for non-payment. Do I still legally own my motorcycle because I still have the title? How can they sell it without a title?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Wyoming, a storage company can legally auction the contents of a storage unit, including a motorcycle, for non-payment, provided they follow the state's lien laws and the terms of the storage agreement you signed. The fact that you hold the title to the motorcycle does not exempt it from being sold in such a situation.

The storage facility must give proper notice before auctioning off the contents. This usually includes a public notice of the sale and a personal notice to you, detailing the amount due and the date of the auction.

Although you still hold the title, the sale of the motorcycle at auction is legal if the storage company followed all required procedures. The title does not necessarily protect the vehicle from being sold to satisfy the lien for unpaid storage fees.

If you believe the storage company did not follow legal procedures, you may have grounds to challenge the sale. It would be advisable to consult with a lawyer who can review the specifics of your case, including the terms of your contract with the storage company and the notices provided to you.

It's crucial to act quickly, as there may be time limits for challenging such a sale. A lawyer can also help you understand your rights and the potential for recovering your motorcycle or receiving compensation.

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