Cancelled auction

I just got a phone call this morning saying the storage renter has paid their fee yesterday, I won the auction last night. Is this possible? I thought once it went on auction they lost their unit.

Hi Jonathanhawley123,
The tenant always has the opportunity to pay for their unit once it goes up for auction. The tenant must be given legal lien notice of the auction by the facility. By law whoever brings the money to the facility first is the owner of the unit.