Oklahoma Abandoned Property – Self Storage Law


Abandoned Property – Abandoned Property Self Storage – Oklahoma

Note:  This summary is not intended to be an all inclusive discussion of abandoned property law, but does include basic provisions.  You should check the State Laws for updates.

Oklahoma Statutes
Title 42. Liens
Chapter 6 Self-Service Storage Facility Lien Act

Self-Service Storage Facility Lien Act.
Sections 1 through 9 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the “Self-Service Storage Facility Lien Act”.
Title 42, Chap. 6, § 191

Terms Defined.
As used in this act, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. “Default” means the failure to perform in a timely manner any obligation or duty set forth in this act or the rental agreement;

2. “Last-known address” means that address provided by the occupant in the latest rental agreement or the address provided by the occupant in a subsequent written notice of a change of address;

3. “Occupant” means a person, or his sublessee, successor, or assign, entitled to the use of the storage space at a self-service storage facility under a rental agreement, to the exclusion of others;

4. “Owner” means the owner, operator, lessor, or sublessor of a self-service storage facility, his agent, or any other person authorized by him to manage the facility or to receive rent from an occupant under a rental agreement;

5. “Personal property” means movable property not affixed to land and includes, but is not limited to, goods, merchandise, and household items;

6. “Rental agreement” means any written agreement or lease which establishes or modifies the terms, conditions, rules, or any other provisions concerning the use and occupancy at a self-service storage facility and which contains a notice stating that all articles stored under the terms of such agreement will be sold or otherwise disposed of if no payment has been received for a continuous thirty-day period; and

7. “Self-service storage facility” means any real property designed and used for the purpose of renting or leasing individual storage space to occupants who are to have access to such facility for the purpose of storing and removing personal property.

Title 42, Chap. 6, § 192

Effect of Issuance of Warehouse Receipt, Bill of Lading, or other Document of Title for Store Personal Property.
If an owner issues any warehouse receipt, bill of lading, or other document of title for the personal property stored, the owner and the occupant are subject to the provisions of Article 7 of Title 12A of the Oklahoma Statutes, and the provisions of this act are not applicable.

Title 42, Chap. 6, § 193

Owner’s Duty of Care – Disclosure of Duty to Safeguard Personal Property – Liability of Owner for Loss because of Theft.

A. The duty of care an owner must exercise with respect to personal property located in a self-service storage facility is ordinary care only.

B. Each owner of a self-service storage facility shall provide a disclosure in the rental agreement, in conspicuous terms and in a conspicuous manner, that the occupant has a duty to safeguard the personal property located in a self-service storage facility from losses and that the owner has no legal obligation to provide insurance to protect the personal property from loss.

C. No owner of a self-service storage facility shall be liable for loss sustained by an occupant as a result of theft committed by a third party provided that ordinary care was exercised.

Title 42, Chap. 6, § 194

Liability of Storage Facility Owner.

A. An owner shall have the right to take such action as may be required to prevent an occupant who has committed an act of default pursuant to the rental agreement from gaining access to the self-service storage facility or any specific location at which personal property is stored by an occupant. The owner of a self-service storage facility shall not be liable for damages sustained by an occupant, if any, alleged to result from action taken by the owner to prevent access to the self-service storage facility after the occupant has committed an act of default pursuant to the rental agreement.

B. If an occupant damages any real or personal property of the owner in order to attempt to regain access to a self-service storage facility, or any component of a self-service storage facility, including but not limited to the destruction of a padlock or similar device, in addition to criminal liability, the occupant shall be liable for the damage caused and the owner of the self-service storage facility may add the damages or expenses incurred as a result of the action taken by the occupant to the amount of unpaid storage charges for purposes of enforcing the lien authorized by Section 6 of this act.

Title 42, Chap. 6, § 195

Rental Agreement – Lien on Personal Property at Self-Storage Facility – Lien – Disclosure of Lienholders.

A. Where a rental agreement, as defined in Section 2 of this act, is entered into between the owner and the occupant, the owner of a self-service storage facility and his heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns have a lien upon all personal property located at the self-service storage facility for rent, labor, or other charges, present or future, in relation to the personal property and for expenses necessary for its preservation or expenses reasonably incurred in its sale or other disposition pursuant to this act.

B. The lien attaches as of the date the personal property is brought to the self-service storage facility and continues so long as the owner retains possession and until the default is corrected, or a sale is conducted, or the property is otherwise disposed of to satisfy the lien.

C. The rental agreement shall contain a provision directing the occupant to disclose any lienholders with an interest in property that is or will be stored in a self-service storage facility.

Title 42, Chap. 6, § 196

Possession of the Self-Service Storage Facility -Abandonment or Surrendering of Occupant’s Possessions

A. If the occupant abandons or surrenders possession of the self-service storage facility and leaves household goods, furnishings, fixtures, or any other personal property in the self-service storage facility, the owner may take possession of the property, and if, in the judgment of the owner, the property has no ascertainable or apparent value, the owner may dispose of the property without any duty of accounting or any liability to any party.

B. If the occupant abandons or surrenders possession of the self-service storage facility and leaves household goods, furnishings, fixtures, or any other personal property in the self-service storage facility, the owner may take possession of the property, and if, in the judgment of the owner the property has an ascertainable or apparent value, such property left with the owner for a period of thirty (30) days or longer shall be conclusively determined to be abandoned and as such the owner may dispose of said property in any manner which he deems reasonable and proper without liability to the occupant or any other interested party; however, before the property is disposed of, the owner shall provide written notice to the occupant, by certified mail with return receipt requested, and the owner may dispose of the property fifteen (15) days after the owner receives the return receipt document or fifteen (15) days after the owner receives a communication from the United States Post Office that the written notice was not claimed by the addressee, whichever period occurs first.

Title 42, Chap. 6, § 197.1

Prohibition of Residential Use of Self-Storage Facility.
No occupant shall use a self-service storage facility for residential purposes.
Title 42, Chap. 6, § 198

Construction of Act.
Nothing in this act shall be construed as in any manner impairing or affecting the light of parties to create liens by special contract or agreement, nor shall it in any manner affect or impair other liens arising at common law in equity, or by any statute of this state.
Title 42, Chap. 6, § 199

Publication and Distribution of Act.
The Oklahoma Real Estate Commission shall cause the “Self-Service Storage Facility Lien Act” to be reproduced in a publication together with other statutes of the State of Oklahoma as are ordinarily reproduced by the Commission for distribution to the public.
Title 42, Chap. 6, § 200