The Arizona Self-Storage Association (AZSA) has introduced a new bill to the Arizona Legislature requesting some long-overdue statutory revisions. The statutes that govern the lease and foreclosure activities of Arizona self-storage operations are more than 30 years old, and the AZSA says they no longer suitably protect tenants, the general public or the industry itself.
Spearheaded by attorney Richard Marmor, chair of the association’s Legal and Legislative Committee and a member of its board of directors, the bill addresses the following.
- Multiple-unit rentals: AZSA is requesting that the statute apply to singular and multiple unit rentals made by the same tenant. If passed, the legislation would allow storage operators to rent several units to one tenant under a single lease document.
- Foreclosure notification: The association seeks to modify the statute to permit more modern mailing methods such as a Certificate of Mailing to be used as proof of delivery of mail to tenants.
- Foreclosure publishing requirements: AZSA is also seeking to eliminate the current requirement of publishing lien notices in local newspapers. The burden would still remain with the storage operator to ensure each auction sale is “commercially reasonable.”
“Going to the legislature is never a sure thing, particularly given the tremendous efforts taking place there wrestling with Arizona’s budget woes this session,” said Marmor. “AZSA continues to be diligent in its efforts to represent and protect the public and our industry in the legislative arena.”
Marmor served three years as the association’s founding president. He lobbies the Arizona Legislature on behalf of self-storage operators throughout the state. He has been in the self-storage business since 1982 and currently works as a consultant to AZSA and individual operators.
For more information, visit www.azselfstorage.com.