• The Lien's the Thing
    Your nightmare has come true. The delinquent tenant of unit A36, to whom you sent a preliminary lien notice and a notice of lien sale—informing him that the contents of his unit will be sold at public auction this afternoon—just called and gave you the dreaded news: He is ...More
    March 1, 2005 Vin A. Fichter Posted in Articles
  • Quarterly Reading
    While at the Inside Self-Storage Miami Expo in November, I was reminded about the power of a single word and how we sometimes ignore that authority to our own detriment. During a seminar presentation, Jeffrey Greenberger, a prominent lawyer in the self-storage industry and ...More
    March 1, 2005 Jim Chiswell Posted in Articles
  • HI-Tech Stuff You Can Use
    It’s official: HI-Tech Smart Systems Inc. lacks the ability to sit on its laurels, or even loll briefly on a single laurel. Already well-known for its popular RentPlus Windows self-storage software, the Kailua, Hawaii-based company has developed three major improvements for ...More
    March 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Economic Rain
    The elections are behind us, and the Fed is going to inch up interest rates. How much do the resulting political, social and economic gymnastics affect car washes? Very little. During the 40-plus years in which I’ve been a participant in the car-wash industry, I’ve ...More
    March 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • National Mini Storage
    Rap star Eminem immortalized 8 Mile Road in a song and movie about life on this street that divides the Detroit area’s suburban and urban populations. The road is also home to National Mini Storage of Southfield, Mich., which is doing its part to help revitalize the ...More
    March 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Insurance Overview
    One of the most challenging tasks associated with owning or managing a profitable self-storage business is securing proper insurance coverage. The multiple liability exposures unique to this industry create an uncommon need for adequate protection. In addition to defending ...More
    March 1, 2005 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • An Overview of Self-Storage Law
    By now, you’ve read dozens of articles recapping or reminiscing about the state of self-storage in 2004, and New Year’s resolutions may have come and gone. Nonetheless, I would be remiss in my duties as this publication’s legal columnist if I did not ...More
    March 1, 2005 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • The Northeast
    This month, I gathered real estate experts to discuss the state of self-storage in the Northeast. Let’s hear what they have to say about their respective cities and regions. Our panel includes: Mike Bellinger, Pyramid Brokerage, Syracuse, N.Y.; Linda Cinelli, LC Realty, ...More
    March 1, 2005 Michael L. McCune Posted in Articles
  • Self-Storage & Homeland Security
    Security is on everyone’s mind these days, including that of the self-storage operator. Whether it’s a concern for tenant safety or the risk of criminal activity at their facilities, owners are being forced to carefully consider who their tenants are and what rights they ...More
    March 1, 2005 Scott I. Zucker Posted in Articles
  • Spring Legal Cleanup
    It's ironic that while this industry reaps the benefit of customers who practice "spring cleaning," sorting through their possessions and moving items into storage, most self-storage owners fail to do a spring cleanup of their own. Many do not perform an annual review of ...More
    March 1, 2005 Kenneth M.Piken Posted in Articles