What is the law for storage unit auctions?
I had just won an auction for a storage unit and did not realize until after paying for the unit and being able to walk into it that they had a lot of rotten foods in boxes that rotted out the storage units flooring and a chest freezer that was filled with rotten meat. Is there any law that would cover this? Isn't it a health hazard to be auctioning off units like that? My interior of my SUV is ruined due to the smell of rotten meat since I had to transport it to the trash ( not being able to use their garbage ). I've spoken to all parties and no one wants to help out with any kind of refund.
Auctions are one of the relatively few areas of the law where the old doctrine of caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, still has relatively free run. Absent something in the advertisement of the auction, for example that the unit was "vacant," you don't have a case of fraud, and that means that your own failure to inspect the unit before you bid on it is the cause of your problems, in the eyes of the law.
I think it's almost certainly true that keeping rotten food and rotten meat under those conditions violates any meaningful health code. Unfortunately, that probably doesn't help you once you become the tenant of the place where that's going on, it makes you the offender from that point going forward.