The California Self Storage Association is appealing to self-storage operators in the state to assist in the cause to amend AB 655, the California lien law. The association is aiming to remove the “Declaration of Opposition to Lien Sale,” a unique provision in California and Nevada that is costly to self-storage operations.
AB 655 successfully made it through the General Assembly in May but is being stalled at the Senate because of a current unresolved budget debate. In addition, CSSA said the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Ellen Corbett doesn’t wish to change the existing law, which has been in place for 30 years.
CSSA is holding a meeting in Sacramento, Calif., with the Judiciary Chairman this week. The association is urging California self-storage operators to write letters to or call state legislators immediately on behalf of the bill. For a list of key California Senators and copy of a sample letter, call 562.304.2864, e-mail email@example.com.
Introduced to the legislature in April by CSSA and the national Self Storage Association, AB 655 also amends other statute language. If passed, the bill would increase the maximum for late fees to $20 or 20 percent; change the notice of lien requirement to a certificate of mailing; and eliminate the newspaper advertising requirement.
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