Saturday, May 31, 2014

Law in San Francisco Makes it Illegal to Store Your Own Items

In news that made us go “OMG” this week, we found out that it is illegal to store your own items in your own garage in San Francisco. Yes, you read that correctly – storing items in your garage in San Francisco could land you in the big house! San Francisco wants you to leave the storage up to the professionals and rent a self storage unit. Many residents of San Francisco may be unaware of this law as there are many people who are storing more than just a car in their garages.

A review of Chapter 6 of the San Francisco Housing Code reveals that “Private and public storage garages in apartment houses and hotels shall be used only for storage of automobiles.” For many of us, the garage is used to store holiday decorations and other seasonal items. Only a select number of people store only a car a in a garage. This bizarre law comes as a surprise for many San Francisco residents who are used to storing all kinds of items in their garage.

For those who do not heed the warning and choose to ignore the law, this mistake could result in fines up to $500. An initial violation could cost the offender up to $100. Storing items illegally a second time around could result in a $200 fine and if you were caught a third time, the $500 penalty would kick in. This seems a bit excessive to us and those fines are certainly more expensive than just renting a self storage unit to get the headache of storing your items out of the way.

However, residents of San Francisco aren’t taking news of this law in stride and are doing whatever they can to fight back and bring about some form of change. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, residents like Kimberly Conley and Amandeep Jawa have been using their garages to store bicycles and various miscellaneous items and are eager to see some form of reform to what they consider a rather ridiculous law. San Francisco attorney Gary Rabkin criticized the law and said that it was quite ridiculous. Supervisor Mark Ferrell is all set to propose a new measure that would get rid of the law and also remedy other similar laws from San Francisco’s books that seem to have no merit.

If you’re living in San Francisco, there may not be much you can do about the law for the time being. However, you take the necessary precautions and ensure you are on the right side of the law by renting a self storage unit instead of taking a chance and letting items lay around in your garage. So far, there have been no reports of people getting written up and fined for being in violation of San Francisco’s strange storage laws. With the talk of new reform, there might be more attention paid to the law than before. We at OMGStorage have got you covered. You can search for self storage in San Francisco and move all those items out of your garage.


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