In early 2011, the Tennessee Self Storage Association (TNSSA) will present to the state legislature a proposal to update the state’s lien laws. The association’s legislative committee drafted the proposal to create benefits for self-storage owners statewide, and the board of directors approved it on Aug. 17.
Proposed changes to the lien law include:
- The use of e-mail as a valid lien-notification method, and the use of verified mail instead of Certified Mail, which is more expensive
- Provisions allowing operators to lockout past-due tenants at five days and enforce a lien at 15 rather than 30 days
- The addition of language concerning motor vehicles, including the right to tow vehicles in delinquent spaces after 60 days
- The addition of a limit on owners’ liability
- Specifications concerning late fees
To fund the legal process of submitting the proposal to legislature, the TNSSA has launched a fundraising drive, with a goal of raising $15,000 by Dec. 31. Donations can be made online at www.tnssa.net or by contacting Sherry Cole at 805.444.4267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TNSSA, formed in 2007, is a nonprofit organization that assists members through accurate information on self-storage issues including lien laws, property taxes, educational opportunities, and others.