On April 7, 2020 the City of Ontario, California passed an eviction moratorium which expressly refers to storage unit auctions. CLICK HERE for a copy of the ordinance press release can be accessed Here. The formal order will be made available to Members upon CSSA’s receipt of same.
Carlos Kaslow, CA attorney and author of California (and many other states) lien laws made the following suggestion:
"The city of Ontario recently put a hold on using the lien remedy and operators should know this and comply. It might be helpful if owners put more time discussing delinquency problems with their customers. There are a number of ways the parties can resolve a payment problem and the lien remedy is the most drastic. If a customer will be hopelessly behind on the rent in 2 or 3 months it might be in everyone's interest to make a deal. For example, the tenant moves out and the owner waives rent. If done early the cost to the owner is relatively low. A tenant who is already behind two or three months may want to abandon property if the owner agrees to waive the outstanding rent. Now is a good time for owners be to looking for solutions other than the lien remedy, even in cities that have not taken Ontario's approach."