Does a written notice have to be given before a storage unit owner places a lock on a unit?

UPDATED: Jan 6, 2012

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Does a written notice have to be given before a storage unit owner places a lock on a unit?

My sister went to the storage unit that we share and there was another lock placed on it by the owner. The owner is claiming that a payment has not been made in 19 months. We have not received any notices that the payments were not getting made.

Asked on January 6, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Ohio


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not written notice needs to be given a storage unit's tenant before a lock by the facility is placed on the unit is first typically determined by the written agreement signed by the tenant and the landlord for the unit.

If the written lease agreement is silent on the issue, many states in this country require written notice to be sent to the tenant about the intent of the landlord to place a lock on the storage unit by the delinquent paying tenant under state statute.

In your situation, I would request the owner of the storage unit to provide you with written copies of all notices sent you that you were delinquent on your payments.

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