One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at AAA Malabar Storage is, “Do you have storage auctions like you see on the TV shows?” We do periodically hold lien sales (auctions) of the contents of storage units because, due to various reasons, the renter was unable to pay their storage bill. But they aren’t quite as “showbiz” as they are on TV. Those shows are simply Hollywood entertainment. We would prefer not to have to sell someone’s goods, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
We don’t arbitrarily single anyone out for a lien sale / auction. The rules outlined in Florida Statutes §83.801-83.809 govern exactly how we handle the process. Basically, once rent becomes overdue we begin the lien sale (auction) process which involves making phone calls, certified mailings and legal notices in the newspaper. During the process, and until the date and time of the sale / auction, the tenant can pay their bill in full and be removed from the lien sale / auction (partial payments will not stop the sale process.) However, rent, late fees and other charges may continue to accrue.
If you should find yourself behind in your rent, the worst thing you can do is avoid contacting us. We would much rather work something out with you than sell your goods. Contact us to discuss your situation. Remember, too, that it is your responsibility to make sure we have up-to-date contact information for your account. It’s not good for either of us if your goods were sold because we couldn’t contact you!
As a buyer, please note that all goods sold or auctioned are as-is, where-is, and no warranties or guarantees are made by AAA Malabar Storage, Inc., its owners, management, employees or assigns.