Storage Wars is a widely popular reality TV series, currently in its second season on the A&E Network. It is in fact A&E’s best series of all time among adults between 25 and 54-years-old. The show follows professional bidders or auction hunters as they search Southern California for storage units with merchandise that they may profit from. The former owners of the stored property have lost any claim to it after not paying their storage fees. The bidders base their bid solely on a five-minute window in which to inspect the contents up close and also viewing the contents from the open door of the storage unit.
The value of Storage Wars is not just the fun factor of finding treasures in random storage units and trying to outbid each other. It also gives us a peek into California’s self-storage laws. Few people know that the Business and Professions Code of California includes the “California Self-Service Storage Facility Act,” which guides general business practices for self-storage facility owners, including liens on storage property. Read the rest »