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Vermont Self-Storage Operators Celebrate New Lien Law

Posted in News, Legal, Risk Management

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, self-storage facility owners in the state of Vermont will be granted legal protection under the Vermont Self Storage Facilities Act, signed last week by Gov. Jim Douglas. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bill Carris of Rutland, Vt., had been delivered to the office of the Governor's Counsel for final approval on May 27. When the document received the Governor's signature on June 6, celebration swept throughout the Vermont self-storage and legal communities.

"This week, all of our collective efforts to bring a self-storage lien law to Vermont came to a successful conclusion," said Chris McGrath, executive director of the Vermont Self Storage Association and a strong advocate of the law. "All of us are delighted that this long process resulted in this success. And we wish to thank Sen. Bill Carris, who has been our 'champion,' as well as Thad Lorentz, who has been our most effective and persuasive advocate."

McGrath and the Vermont association are planning a meeting in the Rutland, Vt., area for July 22, at which time they will present the law as it was passed and signed. They will also recommend a proposed rental agreement and list of auction proceedings that comply with the statute, and members will get instructions on how to meet the statutory mandates. For more information, contact Judith Burke at 518.462.3333 or

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