San Dimas, CA asked in Consumer Law for California

Q: My storage unit is being auctioned off, I was told a day before. And I had to call myself to find out.

I've also been given notice in the passed late, and feel as tho I never got treated properly as a customer. Only getting 20 minutes at a time to be at my unit.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Under California law, the storage facility must provide proper notice before auctioning off your unit. This notice typically includes a specific period during which you can pay the owed amount to avoid the auction. If you were informed only a day before the auction, the facility might not have complied with these legal requirements.

It’s important to review your rental agreement and the notices you received to determine if the facility followed the legal procedures. California law mandates that notices be sent to the last known address and should provide enough time for you to respond or settle any disputes. If you were consistently given short or late notices, this could indicate a pattern of improper conduct.

Given these circumstances, you might consider disputing the auction process or seeking compensation for any losses. Document all interactions and notices from the storage facility, as these records will support your case. Consulting with a legal professional can help you understand your rights and the best course of action.

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
  • Orange, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Thank you for your question!

The storage faculty is a commercial property. If there is a provision in the lease that governs Notices, the landlord needs to comply with that.

If the lease is silent about the notice, an appropriate notice must be given under the law. A one-day notice is not enough.

You can sue the company for any damages to your properties. Make sure to document all evidence.

This is merely a discussion of general laws and not legal advice. For legal advice, more specific facts and investigations are needed. I recommend you consult with an attorney for more details.

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