At most self-storage facilities, your rent is considered late between five and 30 days after the first of the month. Once you default on your rent, the storage facility manager will lock you out of your storage unit, call you and send you a letter. If you pay up, you’ll get your unit back.
If you don’t pay up, you can kiss your waterbed, Mission-style sideboard, oak rolltop desk, memory-foam mattress and Federal-style mahogany arm chairs goodbye because the storage facility can, by law, auction off your stored items. If you’re lucky, you might see your stuff on an episode of Storage Wars.