Interpreting Canada Self-Storage Law: Evolving Legal Landscape Creates Operational Variation

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The bailiff may also examine the goods and determine they have no value. In that case, the facility operator calls the tenant and offers him the chance to remove the items, because the operator has already minimized his own damage by selling off the debt. The operator could also elect to throw the items in the garbage, donate them to charity or hold some kind of charity sale.

Fleming says the act doesn’t require the use of the bailiff, but she prefers it. “It removes us from backlash from the customer,” she claims. “Customers usually pay bailiffs much faster than they’ll pay you.” On average, Storage for You Life is able to recoup 50 percent of its lost revenue this way. This may not sound like much, but it’s often more cost-effective than trying to litigate or manage some lengthy process.

Would Fleming prefer a self-storage-specific statute be on the books in British Columbia? Only if it’s modeled and related to the real estate act, she says. “The process should be simple for the landlord,” she asserts.  “It makes no sense to me that a lien process takes anywhere from three to eight weeks. If someone steals a product from a store, it’s theft. If someone overstays their time in a hotel room, they pay for that day within hours. Why should the use of the storage space be any different?”

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