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Mini Storage Property Owner Opening Up After Man Found Living Inside

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Two weeks ago, KNDU gave you an inside look at what some officials say is a problem: people calling mini storages home.  Now the property owner of Classic Mini Storage in Kennewick is defending his business.

"There is a city ordinance and I believe even some state law about people living in mini-storages, however for me the law isn't specific enough for me to even identify if a person is actually living there," says Mitch Brownsworth.

Mitch Brownsworth says he's been in the storage business for 20 years, and has seen this problem time and time again.

"When I get involved, I'm really kind of banging my head against the wall."

Brownsworth says his tenants are bound by a contract.  As for their personal situation, he doesn't get involved.

"I don't know anything about them," he explains.  "I don't find out if they're homeless until after the fact.   They're tenants of mine, they have a written contract with me."

We got a copy of the tenant's contract, and it clearly says not to violate any city ordinance.  That's when we hopped online and found city laws prohibiting the use of mini storages as a residence. 

It's now a question of who's responsible.  It is something city leaders hope to address in the near future.