Items that You Cannot Legally Keep in a Storage Unit

Self Storage Tips


Ryan Moore
August 26th, 2021


What is illegal to store in self-storage?
Although storage units can be an incredibly helpful place to store your unused or off-season items, it’s important to know what you are and are not allowed to store within them. Some items are illegal to store in storage facilities, due to the harm and potential danger they expose the units around them to as well as the building as a whole. In this blog, we’ll go over what is illegal to store in a storage unit, as wells as the rules about self-storage generally.

Do the rules vary from self-storage companies as to what is legal to store and what isn’t?
Yes! Every storage facility has its own set of rules, and it’s important when renting a unit to figure out what they allow and don’t within their building. However, generally, some restricted items aren’t allowed in most storage facilities.

Things You’re Not Allowed To Store In Your Self-Storage Unit
Hazardous Materials
Materials that if spilled would create damage to the unit and building are classified as hazardous. These materials are not only not allowed but also illegal to store. Anything flammable, corrosive, or explosive is not allowed to be store in your unit, as it could cause harm to the building, the units around you as well as put the people inside your building at risk. Gases, gasoline, propane, oil, cleaning materials, fuel and paint and paint thinner are among some of the materials that are classified as hazardous and therefore not allowed. Any and all power tools that run on oil or fuel need to be drained before your store them.

Anything Alive
Anything alive is illegal to store in your unit, such as pets, plants, and people. It is absolutely illegal to live in your storage unit, and although you may be thinking that that’s crazy it’s actually more common than you think. Leaving pets in your storage unit is also not allowed and is definitely not a good idea. There isn’t proper sunlight and air circulation for living things to survive in a storage unit. Plants are generally not allowed to be store in self-storage units as they are often damp which attracts mold and mildew not to mention pests, rodents, and bugs.

Firearms, Weapons, and Ammunition
It is illegal to store firearms, weapons of any sort, and ammunition in your storage unit, even if you have a permit to carry them. One is because ammunition and gun powder are explosive and therefore are classified as hazardous. And two, because unattended storage units are put up for an audition, and if you have guns or firearms of any sort left inside, it could lead to them getting into the wrong hands as ex-felons are allowed, as is anyone, to bid on these storage units.
Getting a storage unit can be highly beneficial to keep your life organized and free of clutter. But you have to be educated in what is legal and illegal to store so that you don’t unintentionally break the law.



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