When do you lose the rights to property in storage units? Oklahoma law lays out a timeline for lien sales.
In about two months, the contents of a unit with unpaid rent can go to auction. Jared Jones, president of Oklahoma Self Storage Association, a trade group with 57 members, said failing to pay rent on time gives the storage unit owner the right to block access to the unit. After the rent is past due 30 days, the owner has to give the renter notice of the amount due, a general description of the unit's contents and warn of a pending sale if rent goes unpaid. If another 15 days goes by and a payment isn't made, the storage unit owners can advertise the sale once per week for two weeks in a newspaper of record in the county where the facility is located. Fifteen days after placing the first ad, the auction can occur.
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com.
Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...