What Happens when Self-Storage Units are Abandoned in the UK?

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If you’re a regular viewer of the hit TV show “Storage Wars” you know it’s often an exciting mystery as to what treasures self-storage units may hide. But just how similar are these quick-fire TV auctions compared to what actually happens when self-storage units are abandoned in the UK?

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So What Actually Happens to Abandoned Self-Storage Units in the UK?

As entertaining as the TV show is, Storage Wars does not accurately represent what happens when self-storage units in Basingstoke are abandoned. In fact, the practice of auctioning off abandoned contents in self-storage units is illegal in the UK (Self Storage Association UK).

The UK’s leading storage companies follow strict guidelines when either a personal storage unit or business storage unit in Bournemouth is abandoned. Firstly, the storage company will make several attempts to contact the owner of the storage items before accessing the goods.

If after this process the owner cannot be contacted, then the storage unit may be valued in terms of its contents. Items of value may be sold to cover the rental debt owed by the previous owner of the items. However, this is not in the form of an auction.




When the owner cannot be contacted, an inventory of the items is made and approximate values are added to the goods. Antique dealers and second-hand furniture stores (amongst other specialists) are contacted in attempt to sell the items. Finally, any items that are not sold will likely be disposed of.


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