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Tennessee Self Storage Association Drafts Lien-Law Proposal


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 or by contacting Sherry Cole at 805.444.4267 or

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.

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