You are correct you are above the limit for small claims court. Yes the company is allowed to auction off the contents of a storage unit that has an unpaid bill.
The contract and state law controls what remedies the storage company has when the bill is unpaid.
In California they are permitted to auction off the goods. Most auctions only take seconds.
You will have to file a case in Superior court. This brings about more complications and costs. You will have a burden of proof that you did not receive proper notice. However, under California law you can supeona their records showing that the notices were returned.
You will not be able to recover the goods from the buyer even if you win the case. (I am sorry) The buyer is what the law refers to as a buyer in "good faith". Your only remedy in the event you win will be money.
I suggest you contact a local attorney and seek legal advice as to filing a suit in court.
I hoped I have answered your question to your satisfaction.
Jonathan Leventhal, Esq.
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