- What Will Happen When You Fall Behind On Your Storage Unit Payments
- The Unit Will Go Into Default
- The Management Will Reach Out
- There Will Be Some Waiting Period Before Your Belongings Are Auctioned
What Will Happen When You Fall Behind On Your Storage Unit Payments
If you are moving to a smaller apartment, storage units will come in handy because they will give you somewhere to store the items that won’t fit in your new apartment as you figure out what to do with them. However, it’s important to remember that you will be paying monthly rent for the storage unit so it’s a good idea to settle-down quickly after the move and decide whether you are going to sell or toss the extra items to ensure that you don’t end up losing money in the long term.
Let’s take a look at what will happen if you fall behind on your payments.
The unit will go into default
If for one reason or another you are unable to pay your rent on time, you will usually get a grace period within which nothing will happen. This period ranges from a few days to a couple of weeks. When you pay within the grace period, nothing will be done to your belongings.
If you don’t, then that’s when things will start to get ugly. Each rent contract has a point of default defined. This is the longest time you can go without paying your rent. For most of them, it is 30 days. If you take longer than the 30 days, the storage unit will go into default and the management will cut your lock and replace it with one of their own.
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The management will reach out
Once your unit is in default, the management of the facility will try to get in touch with you. That’s why it is important to ensure that you update your contact information with them when you move because their attempt to reach you could be going to the wrong address and that could cost you your belongings.
There will be some waiting period before your belongings are auctioned
You may have as little as 30 days and as much as 90 days after your unit goes into default before your items are put up for auction. They will be making contact attempts throughout this time, so you can use it to your advantage to clarify your position with the building management. Providing an explanation may help you negotiate a solution that satisfies both parties.
If the facility is unable to reach you or you are not able to make a deal with them, they will have to auction your stuff. They will post an announcement in a local paper with the date, time and location of the auction. You will also get a letter notifying you of this.
The important thing to remember during this process is that the managers want to work with you so that they won’t need to auction. Explain yourself. You’ll be surprised to find out that you can strike a deal to help you keep your belongings and pay the arrears at a more convenient time. You will probably need to move your belongings out immediately after the settlement to make room for another tenant.