Self-Help Evictions for Self-Storage Space in California


People and companies renting out self-storage units are governed under a different body of law from residential and commercial landlords. The law governing self-storage rental space is known as the “California Self-Service Storage Facility Act” and is found in California’s Business and Professions Code Section 21700 et seq.

A “self-storage facility” is defined as real property that is to be used for renting storage space to an occupant who has the right to access the property for the purpose of storing and removing property, but not including a garage or other storage space in a private residence. A self-storage facility cannot be used for residential purposes.

Under the terms of the California Self-Service Storage Facility Act, when rent remains unpaid for 14 consecutive days, the owner may terminate the occupant’s right to use the storage space by sending a notice of termination. If the rent is not paid within the required time period (at least 14 days after the mailing of the termination notice), the owner may deny the occupant access to the space, enter the space and remove any property found therein. The owner receives a lien in favor of the property and the property may be sold to satisfy the lien. To enforce the lien, SUM-140 is the mandatory summons form that must be used in California.

Need information on self-help evictions in the residential rental property context?

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.

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