It seems like the most obvious choice to think about living in a storage unit for only $100-$200 a month compared to $2,000 for a tiny apartment if you are in a situation with a lack of funds. But before you make that move, let’s see why it’s not the best idea after all and might cause more trouble than solutions.
Just imagine how much rent money you’ll save moving into your storage unit, but the fines you may have to pay will be a great deal more. Every law-abiding storage facility has guidelines and will make their tenants sign a contract where most will not allow for living in your unit. Violating the agreement you signed will get you kicked out and you would have to scramble to find another place for your belongings. Habitation will also not be covered by the operator’s insurance and most importantly it’s against the law. Both local and federal level law prohibits you to live in a storage unit.
Let’s have a look at why it’s risky to ‘set up house’ in your storage unit:
According to World Population Review, homelessness remains a problem in the United States with over half a million people experiencing homelessness. Those with no other alternative, sleep in places that are not meant for habitation and may make a home out of their storage unit. The NCHH (National Center for Healthy Housing) serves as a credible change agent, by successfully integrating healthy housing programs and capacity building, research, and advocacy to reduce health disparities and improve housing quality nationwide. Consider alternatives like shelter, lower-priced motels, and sharing living space to cut expenses.