I'm wondering if anyone knows the law and procedure around the following scenario. It's a similar scenario to storage companies, who take possession of their customers items if they do not pay. They auction them off to recoup the losses. I'm unsure of the legal process of this. For example, whether it's an automatic right of the company or does it depend on the contract they asked to the customer to sign. In my scenario I'm a web developer, who offers hosting for customer websites. If a customer doesn't pay their hosting bill for several months and then I proceed to give a final notice of hosting closure, how should I handle the website? Do I have the right to withhold the website until the invoice is settled. And if it isn't, do I have the right not to pass the website package (all files, databases, etc) back to the customer? Do I have the right to sell any valuable parts of the website (stripped of company identify and customer data, etc) to recoup costs?