How to stop the sale of belongings that are going to be auctioned off by a storage facility?

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How to stop the sale of belongings that are going to be auctioned off by a storage facility?

My son, who is going through a financial dry-spell, received a call this morning, that his belongings in a storage facility will be auctioned off today. He is behind on his storage rent, and was told if he brought in $400 today, that he could stop the sale of his stuff. My son told them he could give them $100 today, but they said it had to be $400. They told him they will be selling his items, and sending his debt to a collections agency. Is there a law in WA regarding making a payment toward this to avoid collections?

Asked on August 20, 2011 Washington

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

All states have specific procedures regarding the auctioning off of stored items to pay overdue fees of a public storgae facility. If the storage facility was not willing to take partial payment for the $400.00 owed in past due storage charges by your son, it had no obligation to do so.

If your son did not have the $400.00 to pay the past due fees, had $100.00 and wanted to save his belingings, he should have showed up at the auction and bid on this own items up to the $100.00 he had with the intent of saving his belongings and ending up partially paying on the $400.00 storage fee debt.

If the auction has not happened yet, the above suggestion is the best way to possibly save your son's belongings that are to be auctioned off.


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