Self Storage Events and Auctions in Crestview
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March 15: Parking
- 03/15/2018 at 12:00 am
- 12/31/2018 at 11:30 pm
- American Self Storage Crestview
American Self Storage provides parking for boats, cars,RV’s, 5th wheels and etc (when available) with proof of ownership.Here’s a list we need to rent parking spaces.
1. You can go on line at www.americanselfstoragecrestview.com to reserve parking or visit the office.
2. Provide driver’s license for proof of residency
3. Need copy of title
4. Copy of registration on vehicle
5. Lien holders information
6. Proof of insurance
7. Picture of vehicle being stored
8. Trailer lock if pull behind
9. 10% off to all military
March 15: Understanding Lien Process
- 03/15/2018 at 12:02 am
- 12/31/2018 at 11:30 pm
- American Self Storage III Crestview, FL
- Understanding Lien the Procedure
That self-storage rent seemed soaffordable when you signed the lease. But now, past-due notices are stackingup, and the storage facility is threatening to auction off your belongings.
Can a self-storage business reallysell your stuff when you fall behind on rent? Yes, it can. And unless you takeaction, it will.
From the day you move yourbelongings into self-storage and sign the lease, a lien is in place againstthose items, according to Scott Zucker, an Atlanta attorneywho specializes in self-storage matters. That lien lets the storage facilitysell your unit’s contents to recoup what it’s owed if you don’t pay the rent.The facility can’t hold an auction right away, though.
Every state has differentself-storage lien laws in place but most follow a similar timeline.
Rent is always due on the 1stof each month. Your lease defines the point of default, which typically isbetween 5 and 30 days after rent is due. When you are delinquent, $20.00 isadded for a late fee. A self-storage operator can deny access to your storageunit. “After five days, the gate automatically locks out, so we make phonecalls/send out emails at that point,” You can regain access by paying thepast-due amount. If payment hasn’t been made by the 15th of themonth, prelien fee of $20.00 is added making the tenant go into prelien. Rentand late fees continue to accrue.
Self-storage facilities usually mailat least one lien letter specifying the past-due amount, fees and scheduledauction date. Many states also allow email notification, since tenants on themove may not receive snail mail. “No matter where a tenant is, they cantypically be reached through email,” Liencharge of $150.00 can be added after 30 days delinquent (usually added on oraround the 15th of the month.)
Most laws require public notice tobe “conspicuous.” Public sale notices will be published twice in the localnewspaper, advertised 8 days apart and posted on the marque at the self-storagefacility or listed on their website.
4.Lien Sale (aka Auction Time)
The time span between default and thetime your stuff is sold varies by state, ranging from 30 to 90 days. You canalways pay what you owe until the day of auction to stop the sale, however oncethe auction is over, you can’t get sold items back. Sale proceeds go towardyour storage debt.
Thedelinquent unit that is in lien will be sold at public sale on 76th day orafter. We try to recoup what is owed to us. If a balance is left owing afterthe sale, it is sent to a collection agency.
HowCan I Stop or Delay the Lien Process?
- Pay Up. The best approach is to pay the past-due amount to stop a sale and be prepared to move out immediately to avoid continuing charges.
- Communicate. Don’t ignore letters and phone calls. “At that point, the managers hands are tied
- Be an informed consumer. Be sure to check out your state’s lien laws.
September 26: What happens when you don't pay for your storage unit
- 09/26/2018 at 2:43 pm
- 12/31/2018 at 11:30 pm
- American Self Storage Crestview, FL
What Happens When You Don’t Pay for Your Storage Unit
Let’s travel down the road of worst-case scenarios for a moment. You’ve rented a storage unit, filled it with stuff—some of it valuable, some of it not so much—and after months of being a responsible tenant, you’ve started to slip. Maybe you missed those payments because of some major life event like the loss of a job or the end of a marriage. Maybe you went in on that storage unit with someone who couldn’t pay their share. Maybe you just forgot. So what’s going to happen? Can you just keep your stuff in the storage unit for free for the rest of your life? Is your 1998 collection of Beanie Babies going to end up on Storage Wars? While the answer to both is almost definitely no, here’s what you can expect:
Your Storage Unit Will Go Into Default
If you hate the phrase “hindsight is 20/20,” you might want to skip this part. The truth is that most of what happens when you don’t pay for your storage unit is stated clearly in that lease you signed. When you agreed to the terms in that document, you were made aware of the point of default on your storage unit. To put it simply, this is the maximum amount of days that you can go without paying rent before things start to get real. It’s usually about 30 days. Once you’re in default, you’ll be locked out of the property and out of your unit. Facility managers typically cut the lock on your unit and replace it with a special red lock. They’ll occasionally also post a letter on the door cautioning you against trying to enter the unit, which you should absolutely take seriously no matter how much you want to get in there and grab your favorite Christmas sweater.
The Facility Will Try Very Hard to Contact You
The most important thing that you need to know about this entire process is this: The storage facility does not want to auction off your stuff. Storage auctions are not profitable. In fact, they cost the facility a lot in wasted time that could be better spent maintaining the property and serving tenants. In addition to this, lien laws, which vary from state-to-state, are taken very seriously, meaning that if a facility manager doesn’t perfectly follow the storage auction rules, he or she can end up in small claims court or worse. You might think you’re stressed about missing payments on your storage unit, but trust us, the facility’s staff is feeling it too.
When your storage facility contacts you to let you know that you’re in default, they’re not just doing it because they’re legally required to. They’re doing it because they want to work with you to avoid auctioning off your storage unit. The facility will try to contact you at least once via mail, e-mail or phone. Some state’s lien laws specify that they have to contact you by mail, so if you’ve moved recently and the facility doesn’t have your new address, you might not get their letter. The facility will do everything they can to get ahold of you, but if your contact information isn’t up to date, you could miss out on this important communication.
There Will Be Time in Between Default and Auction
There’s a set period of time in between going into default and going off to auction. It’s usually between 30-90 days, but check your state’s lien laws for an accurate number. If you live in an area where storage units are scarce and in high demand, don’t expect your storage facility to wait much longer than that. After all, the property is a business, and it’s in the best interest of the facility manager to get your stuff out of there so that the unit can be rented to someone who will pay for it. This period of time in between default and auction is crucial. As much as those threatening letters might scare you, it’s important not to let them scare you so much that you don’t respond. Communicate. Explain yourself. Yes, you’re dealing with a business, but you’re also dealing with other human beings. It’s not uncommon for a storage facility manager to strike a deal with a tenant in your situation. Alternatives to auction might include setting up a payment plan, paying discounted rent or paying what you can now and agreeing to pay the rest later. It’s very likely that as part of the deal, you’ll be asked to move your belongings out immediately, so be prepared for that.
The Last Resort
So it’s happened. You storage unit is definitely going up for auction. Before the day of the auction, the facility is required to publicize when and where this is taking place. You will also get a certified letter notifying you of this. In the state of Texas, storage facilities must publish a notice of this in a newspaper or other publication for two consecutive weeks. This is standard practice in many other states as well. Even if you live in some remote part of Montana that doesn’t have a newspaper, the facility will find a way to publicize that auction, even if it means painting the town with flyers.
Since you’re not exactly welcome on the property, don’t attempt to attend your own storage auction and don’t pull any double-agent spy moves and send someone else on your behalf either. Some facilities will agree to pass along your contact information to the buyer of the storage unit that way you can potentially get back personal items like photos, tax documents and anything else that would otherwise end up in the trash. Remember that the storage facility is only trying to recoup the amount that you owe them, so if your storage unit sells for more than what you owe, you’re entitled to the remainder. For example, in Nevada you have one year to claim those funds before they’re turned turned over to the state.
If your storage unit didn’t fetch a high enough price to pay off your debt and you’re unable to pay that amount, your credit is going to take a hit. Unfortunately, this will affect you the next time you rent an apartment, buy a home, sign up for auto insurance and potentially the next time you try to rent a storage unit (yep, some of them run credit checks). You won’t necessarily be denied for these things, but you will be expected to pay higher rates or pay a deposit up front.
The loss of your personal possessions and the embarrassment of knowing that they’ve been auctioned off might feel like the end of the world, but things will get better. Going into default on a storage unit is more common than you think, and we promise that the staff of the facility won’t spend the rest of their lives resenting you. They’ve got bigger things to deal with in the long run, and they’re probably more sympathetic to your situation than you realize. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and the next time you rent a storage unit (or apply for an apartment, lease a car or make any large purchase), be sure to read the lease, double-check the fine print, ask questions and most importantly, communicate.
September 27: Rules and Regulations
- 09/27/2018 at 12:00 am
- 12/31/2018 at 2:22 pm
- American Self Storage Crestview, FL
- A few things you should know before renting
AMERICAN SELF STORAGE
RULES AND REGULATIONS
These Rules and Regulations apply to a certain Rental Agreement by and between Owner and Occupant as dated below. The Rules and Regulations of the Facility have been provided to the Occupant and are incorporated herein by reference. Owner may change the Rules and Regulations at Owner’s sole discretion with thirty (30) days’ notice and posting the changes at the entrance of the Facility, without regard for the term of this Agreement, so long as the revised Rules and Regulations apply to all occupants and are made for the appropriate and efficient operations of the Facility. Occupant’s payment of monthly Rent for the next following period constitutes acceptance of these changes.
(1) Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9:00-1:00
(2) The office will be closed on Sunday and all major holidays.
(3) Gate hours are 24/7 seven days a week.
(4) 5 m.p.h. speed limit at the Facility.
(5) Only one vehicle may enter the gate at a time. Tailgating another vehicle may result in damage to your vehicle or injury to yourself, as well as to the gate and the gate system, and is strictly prohibited.
(6) No open flame of any type, such as; camping equipment, cutting torches, kerosene lamps, candles, etc. are allowed in the Space or at the Facility.
(7) Storing vehicle in unit requires a drip pan or card board box to contain oil drip or $25.00 per hour for cleanup.
(8) Only 1 lock per unit.
(9) No outside waste may be brought in for disposal in Owner’s dumpster. No disposal of trash in Owner’s dumpster without written permission. Do not leave trash in any common areas.
(10) Remove all trash and unwanted items in your storage space. Do not put any unwanted items in unrented space(s). Occupant is responsible for the disposal and removal of all unwanted items.
(11) No work may be performed on any motor vehicle on Owner’s property including no changing of oil, antifreeze or other fluids of such vehicles.
(12) Upon vacating the Leased Space, Occupant will remove his/her lock and notify the management office that Occupant has fully and finally vacated the Leased Space. A representative of Owner will inspect the Space with Occupant.
(13) When loading or unloading Occupant’s Personal Property, Occupant shall park parallel to the building to allow traffic to flow through the aisle way. There is no backing the vehicle straight or on an angle toward the door of the Leased Space.
(14) No storage of any Personal Property outside the Leased Space.
(15) No smoking at any time in the Space or in any building containing the Leased Space.
(16) No loitering at the Facility.
(17) For the safety of all, no play or horseplay is permitted at the Facility.
(18) No pets shall be brought on to the Facility at any time. Any animals brought into the Facility must remain in the vehicle at all times.
(19) No consumption of alcohol at the Facility.
(20) Abide by all posted signs.
(21) Move outs must be completed on or before the end of the month and office needs to be notified. Move outs are never prorated.
(22) Rent due on the 1st. Late Fee of $20.00 is applied on the 6th /Prelien fee of $20.00 on the 15th of the month.
(23) All pet bedding, toys, and housing and etc… must be washed and free from fleas