Self-storage Eviction 101


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You might've never even thought that a self-storage eviction was a thing, but it is. Just like a tenant can disobey the rental guidelines of their apartment, the same rules may be applied upon a self-storage paying tenant. As a paying tenant, you are renting out a space that someone else owns. Therefore, it is of great importance to comply with the rental agreement of the self-storage facility you are using. Otherwise, the manager of the self-storage facility does have the power to terminate your lease altogether.

When signing the lease for your self-storage space, you must pay close attention to the rules and guidelines of it. Therefore, keep reading to learn more about what not to do and how to avoid a storage eviction. The main tips we will review below include being aware of store hours, respecting the storage operator and the space being rented, and paying the monthly fee on time.

What is Self Storage Eviction

An eviction from a storage space may vary from one storage facility to the next; however, most lease agreements will abide by similar guidelines. Most of the tenants’ leases are based on a month to month kind of basis. This leaves an open space for both the paying tenant and the storage operator in case either wants an out strategy. What are possible situations or breakage of guidelines that might bring a storage operator to an eviction decision?

  • disrespecting the storage facility hours and/or being hostile towards the storage operator
  • uncivil behavior within the facility spaces
  • avoidance or intentional resistance to paying the monthly storage fee

In general, any or all violations of the agreement consequently allow the storage operator to evict one from the premises. Moreover, there is usually a warning made clear to the paying tenant. This is followed by an explanation of their violation which brought them to the point of eviction.

"Read your storage rental agreement before signing it. This gives you an awareness of how the facility operates its business, and whether it fits your needs."

Agreement Violations

In definition, a violation of the agreement is a breakage of terms that may and does carry consequences. As we've mentioned above, to avoid an eviction, perhaps don't do the examples listed. Most storage facilities will have their work hours known and posted. It's important to be aware of the working hours to know when you can use the storage unit you are renting. Disrespecting the hours of work can place the employees in an uncomfortable situation, and could mess up the schedule altogether. By respecting the hours of operation, you are also respecting the facility and the storage operator. Any misbehavior towards either could cause an eviction.

Also, respect for the storage facility and rental unit is essential. As a paying tenant, you are currently renting this space but you do not own it. It's crucial to respect what you can do within your unit and what you cannot. For example, someone who disrespects the size of the space and is hoarding items that are causing overcrowding of things is in violation. Therefore, be conscious of the space you are paying for and its surroundings.

Also, there is a way to pack your items efficiently! Learn the tips and tricks so that you can efficiently fit your items within the space you are renting.

"Stay organized. Keep your storage unit organized and your finances too. Respect the space you are renting and stay on a timely schedule with your monthly payments."

Within the storage facility, as a paying tenant, one of your obligations is to pay a monthly rental fee. Resistance to pay on time or complete avoidance of the fee as a whole is a breach within your signed agreement. Keep up with your regular payments, and stay consistent to avoid any issues in the future.

Storage Operator Role

The manager in charge of a storage facility does have the power to evict a paying tenant. This is true if the tenant happens to be violating their agreement. They can provide the tenant with an eviction notice and provide them with a time within which the tenant must leave the premises along with their items. The storage operator is responsible for ensuring that any evasive action taken from their side is just and has proof of a breach in the tenant's agreement. If so, they are allowed to present suitable eviction documents about the particular infringement. Like any landlord of a space within a building or facility, the storage operator has a very important role. Abide by the facility's guidelines and avoiding an eviction should be straight-forward.

"Have a professional relationship with the storage operator. Respect is a two-way street, therefore ensure that you abide by their guidelines. You are technically renting out space they are in charge of, therefore be aware of it 24/7. This is a business relationship. Stay on track with the responsibilities on your end, keep your self-storage unit and avoid eviction."

Eviction and Self Storage 101

If you happen to have gotten evicted from your storage unit, you have two options. If you were in clear violation of your agreement, then you should respect the eviction notice and evacuate from the storage unit and facility. However, if there is some discrepancy between your alleged violation and your previous agreement, you can take other actions. If you happen to have not been in the wrong, if you want to, you can take your eviction notice to the court. Furthermore, if you have the time, the resources and proper proof, you are set. You would then have enough to try and prove you did not violate your agreement. All in all, you must be aware of the facility's rental guidelines and your actions at all times.

Now that we have gone through the dos and don'ts of self-storage evictions, you have the necessary information to proceed. The tips we discussed throughout this text should help you stay on track.

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