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Common Rental Rules for Indoor Storage Units

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Facilities which offer indoor storage units for rent generally have a list of storage rules and regulations which must be followed in addition to identification requirements for their storage customers. Here are the most common rental rules you are most likely to encounter when you are renting an indoor storage unit and types of identification you may need to provide in order to rent a unit.

Items Which Cannot Be Stored in Indoor Storage Units

These items cannot be stored in indoor storage units, and depending on the type of facility you rent from there may be additional belongings which cannot be placed in your rental facility.

  • Hazardous or flammable fluids which generally include substances such as gasoline, paint, propane and cleaning chemicals; if you are storing a boat, RV or automobile in your storage unit you may also have to empty out the gasoline tank.
  • Perishable food products cannot be stored in a facility as these products may lead to rodent and insect infestation; however, some storage facilities will allow canned goods to be stored on their premises.
  • Animals, reptiles or pets of any kind cannot be stored in an indoor storage unit.

Vehicle Regulations for Indoor Storage Units

If you are planning on storing a boat, RV, motorcycle, car or truck in an indoor storage unit, check the facility’s rules and regulations on this type of storage to make sure you store your vehicle properly.

  • Facilities generally require current registration and insurance on any vehicles which are stored in their units.
  • Most indoor storage facilities usually require that all gas and water tanks in vehicles be drained before they are left in storage.
  • Facilities usually require that all storage vehicles are in operable condition.

Identification Regulations for Indoor Storage Units

Indoor storage units can only be rented with some type of identification. Customers may need to provide a current driver’s license, state identification card or passport before they can rent a storage unit; if you are renting a unit online, you may have to provide a social security number and/or a scanned copy of your identification. Some indoor storage facilities may also require a thumbprint for their records, especially if you are renting a unit in a large city or if you are renting a unit in a facility which specializes in vehicle storage.

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