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Transients turn mini storage into motel

Posted at 6:45 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 21:54:35-05
Dozens of people have turned a mini storage facility in a motel.
Now, some of those people are finally leaving.
Emotions were running high at Twain Swenson Mini Storage after people got letters telling them the same thing their lease says: that they are not allowed to be living in the storage units.
13 Action News spoke with a woman named Melyssa who admitted to us she had been living in a unit "for a little bit."
Melyssa said she was moving out Thursday morning, but was back that afternoon claiming she needed to get more of her stuff.
That is part of the reason the manager said it has been hard to get people out and to know exactly when people started living out of the units.
"We used to be open 24 hours a day, so you couldn't really tell," the manager said. "You ask people what are they doing here, 'oh I'm just rearranging my things.'"
He said he put up security cameras and signs to try and keep out people breaking the laws.
"I had people with blowtorches cut the locks off, I had them smash the locks," said the manager. "Somehow I guess transients started coming here. I'm at a loss as to what to do, what else do to to try and get things resolved."
One of those transients is Danny Ryan, who said he has been living in his cousin's unit.
"I know it wasn't legal but I had to get out of the rain and I had to get out of the cold and I could only do what I could do," Danny said.