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STORAGE FACILTY COLLECTION

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I am curious -

My father established a storage facility unit account sometime prior to his strokes in 2013. I have power of attorney for him and had been paying for his storage since. When his finances drained, I started to utilize my household funds to pay his monthly storage rent in hopes that one day his condition would improve and he would be able to return to work and maintain his belongings. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In 2018 and early 2019, after many arguments with my husband, I was forced to let the unit go as we could no longer financially afford to pay $500/mo to maintain it.

During the course of my paying the monthly rents, I did sign an agreement for an additional space to help consolidate the remainder of items for my father to one location. I did not sign for the original unit only the new unit. That unit was vacated in spring 2017.

The storage facility has placed a collection account in my name only - not my father's - for the balance owed on his original unit. Is this even possible? I've contacted he original storage facility and the collection agency - they refuse to remove the collection account without payment in full. They claim that since I signed for the additional unit (that was vacated 2017) and signed the intent to vacate for the original unit by & with power of attorney for my father - How could I be personally responsible for my father's debt - even with a power of attorney to act on his behalf. I do not believe I am financially responsible for this debt. It was my fathers unit, my fathers belongings and my father's obligation.

Thank you for your insight.

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Do you have a copy of the contract you signed for the second unit? It's possible they worded something in there that caused you to assume responsibility for the original unit. 

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