storage rental facility

I am renting a storage shipping container unit. One day I showed up at the storage facility to access my unit. However, to my surprise it had been moved from it’s original location to all the way on the other side of the yard. I did not give them permission to move it, nor did I know they were going to move it. If I would have known I would have at least secured anything in the unit that might be subject to get damaged or broken. Also, after they moved my unit they had cut off my lock, also without my consent. The owner said they cut the lock off after it was moved to see if there was anything damaged or broken when they moved it. After inspecting the inside he said they put another lock on it and locked it. Is all of this legal? Oh and by the way there were things that broke when it was moved. Right now I am furious. I feel like I have been violated. Who do they think they are? Is it legal?

Asked on September 1, 2017 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The law provides compensation for *actual* harm or losses. If anything was damaged, you could sue for its then-current fair market value (not what it would cost to buy new, but what a replacement of the same age and condition would cost). If there was no damage, there is no legal action to take.


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