On April 19, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law House Bill 2643, which will benefit the state’s self-storage facility owners in various ways. Championed by the Arizona Self Storage Association (AZSSA) with help from the national Self Storage Association, HB2643 outlines procedures for the sale and disposal of personal property in a self-storage facility when a tenant goes into default. The law goes into effect this fall.
Key features of the new law are:
- In many cases, e-mail will be allowed as another form of “verified mail.”
- Facility operators will have alternative ways—free of liability—for dealing with “protected property,” materials that, by law, cannot be sold, such as sensitive files and financial records, wine and alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals, and some guns.
- Self-storage operators will be able to auction boats, motor vehicles and other property they could not sell in the past because those items were subject to certain government “restitution” liens.
Details of the law can be viewed at http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=2643.
Richard Marmor, chairman of the AZSSA Legal & Legislative Committee, will present a seminar covering the new law and other industry legislation in the state at the association’s conference and tradeshow in Tempe, Ariz., May 17-19.
Founded in1996, the AZSSA was created to strengthen the self-storage industry in Arizona, promote professional standards and quality, and present a unified voice on issues affecting the industry in the state and in its communities. The association has more than 500 facility and vendor members.