Last week Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed Senate Bill 204, which allows improvements to the state’s self-storage lien law. Originally introduced to protect military members who had been deployed overseas, the bill includes other changes that are considered a victory for Michigan self-storage operators.
Per the law, self-storage lien notices may now be delivered via First Class Mail or e-mail―Certified Mail is no longer required. However, the self-storage operator must make an affidavit stating how and when a notice was delivered. The affidavit must be notarized, with a copy of the lien notice attached.
The bill also provides the option for self-storage operators to advertise their auctions on a website. In addition, it stipulates the deferral of lien enforcement against tenants who are members of the armed services.
The bill was pushed through legislation via the efforts of the Michigan Self Storage Association, with the support of the national Self Storage Association Legislative Issues Fund.