If you rented self storage from Storage USA or Extra Space Storage in California at any time since June 14, 2003, you may be eligible to receive money from a proposed class action settlement.
A class action lawsuit is pending in Los Angeles Superior Court that claims SUSA California, Inc. (also known as Storage USA), Extra Space Storage, Inc. and Extra Space Management, Inc. (“Defendants”), violated the law by: (1) denying tenants access when they were less than twenty-eight (28) days late on their rent; and (2) charging excessive preforeclosure fees. Defendants deny that they violated the law and the Court has not decided who is right. The parties settled to avoid the expense and risks of continuing the lawsuit.
You are a class member if you were a customer of Storage USA or Extra Space Storage in California between June 14, 2003 and November 14, 2012, who was either: (1) denied access to your storage unit when you were less than twenty-eight (28) days late on your rent (“Premature Lockout Class”); or (2) charged a preforeclosure fee (“Preforeclosure Fee Class”). You have received notice because Defendants’ records indicate you may be a class member.
Premature Lockout Class members who were denied access to their storage unit when they were less than twenty-eight (28) days late on their rent can receive $20. Preforeclosure Fee Class members who either paid preforeclosure fees, or whose property was sold or made available for auction can receive: (1) $10 if the preforeclosure fee was charged by Storage USA; or (2) $42 if the preforeclosure fee was charged by Extra Space. Class members can participate in both the Premature Lockout Class and Preforeclosure Fee Class. You must complete a claim form on or before February 23, 2013.
What Are Your Options?: Class members have the following options: (1) File a claim to receive money by completing a claim form on or before February 23, 2013; (2) Object to the settlement by filing a written objection by February 23, 2013; (3) Do nothing and be bound by the settlement without receiving any money; (4) Exclude yourself from the settlement by sending a signed letter to the Settlement Administrator on or before February 23, 2013. Although you are not required to do so, you may retain your own attorney if you desire.
A hearing is being held on August 7, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. in Los Angeles Superior Court to consider final approval of this Settlement. Class members may appear at this hearing, but are not require to do so.