• Construction Corner
    Construction Corner is a Q&A column committed to answering reader-submitted questions regarding construction and development. Inquiries may be sent to construction@ministorage.com. Q: I am having problems with tenants using the dumpster in the back of the facility to ...More
    March 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Looming Legal Issues
    When you first get involved in self-storage, there are so many things to think about and so many decisions to make, you may forget all about the legal issues facing you. Presuming you have survived the buying of a facility and the process of obtaining zoning approval; ...More
    March 1, 2003 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Seven Steps of Grief
    You're the kind of self-storage owner who is trying to make the best of his investment. You are looking for new things to do to help your business--and new ways of doing them. You find an idea that looks good and you want to implement it. You meet with your store manager ...More
    March 1, 2003 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Bankruptcy and the Self-Storage Tenant
    It is crucial a self- storage owner take all the appropriate steps when advised a tenant is bankrupt. Handling this matter properly will ensure the owner is not in violation of bankruptcy law and can proceed in his efforts to collect the secured debt. Types of Bankruptcy ...More
    March 1, 2003 Scott I. Zucker and Lisa S. Cohen Posted in Articles
  • Are Monthly Rates a Thing of the Past?
    My life and its events are always in a state of flux. The only constant is change itself. Our self-storage industry is no exception. One thing I thought was a rock-solid foundation of our business was the concept of monthly rent. Whether you prefer the first of the month or ...More
    March 1, 2003 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • Beware Asbestos in U.K. and European Conversions
    Asbestos material in buildings is still a concern in the United Kingdom and Europe. For those anticipating purchasing a building for conversion into self-storage, here is the low down on what to anticipate.The potentially hazardous material that may be present in your new ...More
    March 1, 2003 Graham Lomax Posted in Articles
  • The First Choice
    Self-storage facilities are the first choice for records storage and, consequently, have an advantage over commercial records centers for providing records- management services. Several key factors enable self-storage operators to block commercial records centers from ...More
    March 1, 2003 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Employee Termination
    Firing an employee is one of the hardest tasks you face as a business owner or manager. if you've ever had to terminate someone, you already know this. if you haven't done so yet, you may find out some day. Looking a person in the eye and telling him he no longer has a job ...More
    March 1, 2003 Fred S. Steingold Posted in Articles
  • Global Court
    There's plenty I could say about legal issues and litigation as they pertain to self-storage, especially as we now have dozens of industry associations across the country working to pass bills and establish laws to protect and beneficially affect our business. But as we've ...More
    March 1, 2003 Teri L. Lanza Posted in Articles
  • The Winds of March
    It's that time of year when our dedication to new year's resolutions is safely behind us and we are free to think about things really happening in our lives. March also brings the winds of spring, which are the perfect metaphor for understanding where the self-storage ...More
    March 1, 2003 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles