Public storage auctions in California are auctions of the contents of self-storage units whose tenants have not paid for their rentals. Hundreds of self-storage facilities hold auctions that are open to the general public every month.
In a public storage auction, bidders are allowed to stand outside the storage unit and look in, but they are not allowed to enter the unit or touch anything inside of it. Bidders typically make verbal bids, and all payments must be made in cash. Bidders are required to remove everything from a storage unit within a specified period of time. In California, self-storage facility operators are required to send two warnings to individuals with units up for auction before denying them access to their belongings.