What Happens to the Belongings in a Storage Space When a Loved One Passes Away?

When a loved one who rented storage space passes away, what happens to their belongings? Here’s what you need to know.

If You Already Have Access to the Unit…

Having access to a loved one’s storage unit before they pass away is the ideal situation to be in. This way, you’ll be able to avoid anything in that unit– or the unit itself, for that matter– from going out to auction. You’ll need to inform the storage facility of your loved one’s passing and then decide what to do with that unit. If you’re not ready to clear it out, it’s possible to continue paying the rent, which may be easy if your loved one had a good cheap storage solution. That way, you can revisit cleaning it out at a later date and not have to worry about anything getting lost or sold off. Remember: you’ll need the location, unit number, keys and/or access code to gain entry into the unit. From there, you can enter the unit, empty it out, and close it up.

If You Don’t Have Access to the Unit…

Say you knew about the self storage company your loved one used to rent a storage space at, but you’ve never visited and you don’t have any information about the unit. The first and most important step that needs to be taken is to continue paying the monthly rent. This is critical if you want to avoid the unit from going into foreclosure. In addition, you’ll need to double check the payment method for the storage unit. If it was being paid by check, continue doing that. Credit card payments can get a little bit tricky– you’ll need to ensure the credit account paying the monthly bill stays open until you can gain access to your loved one’s storage unit. Next, you’ll want to bring proof to the storage facility that you are the executor of the estate. Note that getting this documentation and presenting it can take up to 60 days, which means there may be back payments on the rent that you need to make. Once the facility manager has all of the information they need from you, you’ll be granted access to your loved one’s storage unit. At this point, you can decide whether you want to empty out the unit and close it up or if you’d like to keep paying rent to use it to keep storing your loved one’s belongings.

If You Never Knew About the Storage Unit…

Of course, there is always the possibility that your loved one used to rent a storage unit and never told anyone about it. You may not even learn about this storage unit until after your loved one’s passing. There are a few different ways this could happen. One of the most common is that you’ll have been listed as a contact at the storage facility. In this case, you’ll typically get a call from the facility notifying you of past-due rent payments and the status of your loved one’s belongings. In other cases, the storage facility may send a letter to the last-known address of the deceased. Once you have knowledge of the storage unit, you can decide what to do. It may very well be that you don’t want any of the belongings stored there. Once the rent payments are up to date, you can allow your loved one’s belongings to go up for auction. After you become aware of the status of the storage unit, the choice is yours on what to do next.

Losing a loved one can be devastating. But in many cases, you can still access their belongings and memories of them after they’re gone. If you have questions about how storage facilities in Jackson, TN handle the belongings of the deceased, contact a member of our team at Markham Mini Storage today.

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