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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell
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11/15/2006

What WON'T people store?

My last blog entry was about facility rules and regulations and what you, as an operator, need to do to prevent tenants from storing all the things they shouldn't, like chemicals, drugs and corpses. But as we all know, there really is no limit to what people will stockpile in their units, particularly as they assume you'll never know the difference. If you attended Tuesday's Legal Learning ...
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11/10/2006

Are you laying down the law?

You may tell tenants what they can and cannot store at your site, but can you actually ENFORCE it? What about all those other operational provisions included in your rental agreement? Let's take it a step further: What are you doing to implement the lesser policies that don't make it into the lease, like those addressing hours of operation, dumpster use, parking, and general behavioral conduct? A ...
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11/06/2006

Important Info for NJ Operators

On Friday, the New Jersey Self Storage Association circulated an important letter regarding the state's Oct. 1 tax reform, which calls for the imposition of sales tax on all storage rentals. The association appealed to the U.S. District Court and received a response on Thursday evening; the missive shares the verdict. It also urges members to contribute to its Legal Defense Fund, which is ...
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11/05/2006

How Do You Like Them Apples?

GUEST BLOG BY ISS MANAGING EDITOR DREW WHITNEY Recently, I took pleasure in a great autumn pastime: picking apples with the family. Along the way we talked about the abundant varieties, from Red Delicious to McIntosh, Granny Smith to Jonagold. In all, the orchard we visited harvested at least a dozen varieties. Some more tart, crisp and tangy; others sweet and juicy. All are wonderful. As we ...
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11/02/2006

Video Review: Storage Thief Makes Blood Boil ***

GUEST BLOG BY KIMBERLY HUNDLEY, ISS EDITOR I was just trolling for news for our “Media Watchdog” section, clicked on a blurb labeled “Crime Stoppers: Self-Storage Theft,” and found myself presented with the actual surveillance video of a storage criminal (alleged), presented by 3 Eyewitness News in Chattanooga, Tenn. So now, I’m sitting here, about to watch the video, reflecting on Mini-Max Self ...
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10/31/2006

Halloween Humanitarian Award

This year's Halloween Humanitarian award goes to Stor-It-For-Ya Self-Storage in Transylvania, Ore. The facility has offered the use of several large units for a local bat sanctuary to house animals in need. The colony was recently ousted from its cave during the construction of a new mountainside resort. The homeless bats then sought refuge in residents' attics, eaves and garages. "We started ...
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10/27/2006

Frightfully Good Stuff

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore ... ~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~ It's the weekend before Hallowe'en, and I wonder how many of you will be flitting about in costume, drinking punch filled with dry ice and overdosing on miniature Snickers bars? Ah, it's a magickal time, and particularly so for me.
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