Fact or Fiction: Addressing Some of the Latest Rumors About Storage Auctions

Fact or Fiction: Addressing Some of the Latest Rumors About Storage Auctions

When a storage tenant stops paying rent on their storage unit, their unit becomes eligible for an auction. After some time of not hearing back from the tenant, their belongings can be auctioned to the highest bidder to help pay back the missed rent that is owed to the business. Storage unit auctions are also held to help clear out any of the contents from self-storage spaces that are no longer being used, so the original owner can re-rent the unit to someone who needs it.


Now that you know a little more information about the purpose of a storage unit auction, we can address some of the latest rumors we have heard regarding storage auctions.


Rumor #1: Storage Facilities will Create an Auction Without Contacting the Tenants

Before any storage unit is auctioned off to the community, there have usually been several attempts to contact the tenants, including sending notices via certified mail. Auctioning the items in a storage unit is often a last resort.


Before the tenants originally move their items into a storage unit, a contract is often placed that sets the terms for late or missing payments. Just like any landlord, if the tenant doesn’t pay their rent within a certain amount of time, the landlord will notify the tenant of their intent about what they choose for the next steps.


Rumor #2: The Purpose of a Storage Auction is to Bid on Individual Items

Storage auctions are very different from a traditional auction. Usually, when you attend a traditional auction, items will be sold separately. However, when you attend a storage unit auction, everything held within the unit is sold together. Units are won based on a bidding system. The highest bidder will receive all the items within the storage unit.


Rumor #3: The Unit Clearing Process is Often Slow

After a unit is won, the bidder will have a set time frame to clear out the unit. The process is often quick because the owners will likely want to create space for new tenants.


Rumor #4: You Have to Be on Site to Bid on a Storage Unit

Nowadays, more storage auctions are held online rather than in person. Online storage auctions make it easy for people to place their bids on storage units all from the comfort of their home.


Find an auction close to you by checking out our online auctions at Storageauctions.net.

If you have any questions we’d be happy to help. Give us a call at 1-800-930-3390 or check us at online at Storageauctions.net.