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Old 02-05-2008, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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I've heard roumers that some people rent a public storage space and live out of it (because it's cheaper then getting an apartment in some places). I know that this has to be illigal somehow (if it was not, everyone would be doing it!)

I'm wondering what kind of trouble you could get into by doing this?
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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If the storage place found out, they'd probably evict you from it for breach of contract.

Im sure there are other ramifications for them if they allow it.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I've heard roumers that some people rent a public storage space and live out of it (because it's cheaper then getting an apartment in some places). I know that this has to be illigal somehow (if it was not, everyone would be doing it!)

I'm wondering what kind of trouble you could get into by doing this?
You're serious????????
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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OOPS! Got off on the wrong planet again. Sorry... But, while I'm here. Commercial and residential facilities are zoned differently. A storage unit would be commercial only, and as such would be illegal to reside there. You could box yourself up and get mailed to a country where they wouldn't mind you're living like that, though.
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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thanks but these are just the obvious things. I'm wondering if anyone has specifics?
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Oz
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thanks but these are just the obvious things. I'm wondering if anyone has specifics?
If you look at the contract you sign when you rent a storage space, it specifically will prohibit inhabiting the space. Aside from that, you'd have other problems trying to do this. Many storage facilities these days have locked and coded gates that track the times you enter and exit. So it would be pretty obvious to anyone looking at those logs that you were living in the space.

Not only that, but a vast majority of storage spaces do not have electricity. They wouldn't have water or bathroom facilities either, so you'd have to figure out how to cope with that. And where would you park your vehicle while you were in the space? Going to be pretty obvious you're staying there at night if your car is parked in front of your door. What about heat in the winter and cooling in the summer? Going to get pretty uncomfortable in that uninsulated room with the big metal door...

So really -- more hassle than it's worth. Cheaper to buy yourself an old used RV and just live in it, if you don't want to rent a house or an apartment.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:31 PM
 
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I've heard roumers that some people rent a public storage space and live out of it (because it's cheaper then getting an apartment in some places). I know that this has to be illigal somehow (if it was not, everyone would be doing it!)

I'm wondering what kind of trouble you could get into by doing this?
I've seen people do this (well not in person, stories of them), and it tends to be illegal in most states missing the most necessary items like water, and heat.

That being said, I'm unsure if once you take possession if squaters rights take place and if they have to evict you as a rental tenant, or commercial tenant. Would be interesting to find out.

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Old 02-08-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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If you don't follow the rules of a storage unit contract they can do better than "evict" you... they can put a lock on your unit and refuse you entrance. If you were there "after hours", for instance, that would be considered trespassing, and you could be removed by police or arrested. If they report to the police that you are living in the unit, you could be arrested for vagrancy. Meanwhile, the fees are piling up on the storage unit and if you can't pay and don't have a place to move them to, the storage unit has the right to sell your stuff (usually after 3-6 months, depending on local laws). You will not have access to anything inside until the unit's rent and fees are up to date and if the charge is vagrancy, you'd be lucky if they didn't require a police escort to watch you pack up and remove your belongings from the premises.

It's been awhile since I've worked for a storage place, but the rules generally get tighter, not looser, especially on this stuff. If you're living in a unit, you're worse than dirt to the owner... you're a thief... and they'll treat as such.

BTW... no such thing as "squatter's rights" for a place not zoned for residential living... otherwise you'd be traipsing over the homeless as you perused the aisles of Pier One or Mattress World.

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:13 PM
 
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Default Woe is me

My husband has active TB (don't know where got it) and hasn't been able to work for 10 months (he can't leave the house until he is inactive so we can't move it with family etc. even though we don't have any living). We are getting evicted from our apartment because we can't pay the rent. We have no place to go. I work but only make 10.00 an hour and can't even pay a third of our bills. I was thinking a storage unit would be the only answer. I know many of you think it's weird but not to us. I can't afford to pay for any kind of place at this point. Any ideas?

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:54 PM
 
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I just signed a lease on a storage unit last week. Yes, the lease terms prohibit living in a storage unit. The facility has hours of operation (6AM-9PM). Being on the premises after those hours would constitute trespassing.

There's nothing to say you can't visit every single day and spend all day sitting with your things. But you can't sleep there or use their bathrooms etc.

I do know of people who spend a lot of time in their storage unit. One woman I knew was really into crafts and decided she would enjoy her lunch hour best if she could spend it making crafts instead of sitting in her office cafeteria. So she rented a storage facility near her office and stocked it with supplies and tools (ironing board, glue gun, etc.) and spent an hour there every day enjoying herself. I don't know this guy personally but through friends I know of a guy who is a serious collector of stuff (not quite hoarding but more than your typical collector). His wife got fed up with all the crap. Their solution was that he would get a storage unit and keep his collection there. He doesn't go every day, but he does go often, to "visit" his things. But none of these people are actually living there.

Most storage units are not temperature controlled and most units don't have electrical outlets in them, so in most places in the US, it would be problematic to try sleeping in a unit.
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