What are the regulations on storage lockers?

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) –  Agawam police recently found more than $1 million in cash and 118 pounds of marijuana during a drug raid involving a storage locker. But what are the rules and regulations to get a storage locker in the first place?

A self-service storage facility has written agreements that concern the use of the leased space; similar to that of an apartment you would rent.

What you can store depends on the contract, but in some facilities, it can be anything from vehicles to furnishings.  Storage lockers cannot be used for residential purposes or anything illegal.

Kevin Murphy of West Springfield told 22News that it is nerve-racking to think what some people put in some storage units.

“I think that there should be some sort of a guideline set in place to protect the people around that storage unit, the community that that storage unit is in,” Murphy said. “But then, there is a fine line as to whether you’re crossing the line with people’s privacy.”

If a person does not pay on time or doesn’t fulfill a rental agreement, the owner has the right to use the property stored for expenses related to the space, or they may sell it.

A warrant or evidence is needed for police to search a storage unit just like they would a house.

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