Can your goods end up on reality shows?

As the summer allows our regular corps of student editors to take a brief sabbatical from their academics, the Biederman Blog will say, ‘Write on!’ to some guest authors and different features. Today, Sarah Wolk, an alum and partner at WLF Lawyers in Glendale, guest posts on a legal aspect of some niche reality programming: One of the new trends in reality television is auction shows, including programs such as Auction Hunters and Storage Wars, which depict storage facility liens sales. Wonder how those sales work? What rights as a renter or owner do you have? Read on… A storage facility lien sale may occur when a renter of a storage facility fails to pay the owner rent. In addition to any rental agreement between the storage facility owner and renter, the California Self-Service Storage Facility Act, found in the California Business and Professions Code, regulates lien sales. If the proper procedures are followed, a lien sale may take place within two months of a missed payment. Once a storage unit is sold, a good faith purchaser has no obligation to the renter/old owner of the property within the unit. So it is unlikely that any personal property will be recovered and the only recourse will be to pursue to the storage facility owner for compensation. The procedures a storage facility owner legally must follow are very specific. The...

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