By Scamraiders Reporters & Staff Investigators
MOVING? PUTTING YOUR POSSESSIONS INTO STORAGE?
Better be sure you know the law and who you are entrusting your property to!
LICENSED MOVING & STORAGE
In New York City licensed Moving and Storage Companies must be listed and registered with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). The DCA has stringent Rules, if they are followed, (link). So you should learn your rights before anyone takes anything out of your home or places your stuff into their warehouse. Beware. You must get every detail in
writing, from BINDING estimates for labor, trucking, and storage, etc. It’s especially recommended that you received these estimates in advance of the day you are making your move, or unscrupulous movers can hit you with added charges at the last minute when you are “under the gun”. Carefully read DCA Rules and remember these Companies have a lien on your possessions until their billings are paid. Every State/City has local Laws regulating moving/storage. Become aware of your rights BEFORE you put your possessions under the control of others.
SELF SERVICE STORAGE FACILITIES (SSSF)
These SSSF Companies are not licensed by the DCA, but enjoy all rights under the Lien Laws. In these Facilities you have access to your allocated storage space on your own, without the stringent access requirements of Warehouses that are licensed. Your property in all facilities is ‘stored’ at your own risk.
Always, in all Storage Facilities, carefully review and sign a Rental Agreement. Never give your property to anyone without a Contract. Check out SSSF Rules and Regulations in your local area (link). Whatever you do, be careful, as recourse is difficult and costly. All SSSF Rental Agreements must recite all storage terms, conditions, rents, additional charges, if any, and rights of your access. Be cautious and read what you sign, and review you location’s local Regulations, usually accessible on the local regulators’ websites.
When your stuff is on the truck or in the storage space, you are out of control, and until the moving/storage Company is paid, they have an automatic lien on your things.
Best to know who you are dealing with. DO NOT accept any promise or commitments unless it is in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the moving/storage Company. And get ALL estimates in writing. DO NOT turn your property over to any Moving Company without a written Contract setting out the total charges for the move, including all labor, materials, truck costs with a total. This way you are protected as best as you can be. Also be sure you have your own insurance. Be careful with moving companies ‘insurance’ charges.
NYC DEPT CONS AFFAIRS LICENSED STORAGE REGS