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Divorce, Death, and Foreclosure in Self-Storage

Admin | Feb 18, 2020

Sometimes life hands us curveballs and the easiest way to deal with them is by being prepared. Self-storage in Buckley, WA is usually pretty easy-going, but what happens when a tenant dies? How does the family deal with getting their loved one’s belongings out of self-storage, and moving after a death? During a divorce, how are the assets in these units divided up? When moving or going through foreclosure, how are these situations dealt with? These are all great questions and we at Uncle John’s are here to answer them for you. 

Divorce in Self-Storage

Divorces are hard, especially dividing all the assets properly. Please keep in mind that we only know whose name is on the contract and who pays us monthly, so we can only give access to that person. Unless there is a signed court document detailing that the other spouse has rights to the contents of storage units, we cannot facilitate access. That being said, (soon-to-be) ex-spouses can divide the contents themselves or by court-order depending on the situation. 

If you’re already at the stage of dividing belongings, getting a self-storage unit can help with the divorce moving out process. That way you can have somewhere to store everything in that awkward in-between time when you’re finding a new place.

Moving and Foreclosure

At Uncle John’s, we rent month-by-month so you don’t have to worry about getting wrapped up in a long-term contract. It’s perfect for those moving after foreclosure because you don’t have to worry about keeping a unit longer than you need. When someone is given a foreclosure or eviction notice, it usually states how long that person has before mandatory move out. So if you’re wondering how long after foreclosure do you have to move out? Usually, it’s anywhere between 3 days up to 30 days. Whatever your situation may be, you don’t need to worry or fret when you rent a storage unit with us. 

Death and Self-Storage

Losing a loved one is hard enough, without having to worry about the financial repercussions. If you were living with the now-deceased person, staying in a home may be too hard to bear. When everything is a reminder of the loved one you lost. For some, it helps them remember their loved one’s life while for others it’s a reminder of who they lost. In times like these, you may be considering moving and getting a new start somewhere else. This is where we come in; if you’re moving near Buckley, Washington you will need a place to store all your stuff. Moving after a death of someone you love takes courage and we’re here to help. Even if you want to start out with month-to-month just to try us out we’re able to accommodate whatever you need.

What happens when a family member had a storage unit with us?

While in most states the family can come to clean out the storage unit without any help from us, you must have the key and access code to do so. Otherwise, the family must receive a court order saying that they are now head of the estate. Then, we’ll give you access to the storage unit of the deceased. Keep in mind that the rent for the storage unit still has to be paid, so the family assumes that responsibility until the storage unit is cleaned out. If not, the storage unit will go into foreclosure.

Now that you know the ins and outs of moving during some hard times, it’s time to explore storage units in Buckley, WA. Visit our facility page to learn more about Uncle John’s Self-Storage.