Nevada Senate Bill 150 (SB150), a bill that revises the self-storage lien law in the state, passed the Assembly on May 27 and now awaits the signature of Gov. Brian Sandoval. Sponsored by Senator Michael Schneider and championed by both the Nevada Self Storage Association and national Self Storage Association, SB 150 will create the following positive changes for self-storage operators:
- Lien notifications can be delivered via e-mail address, if the delinquent tenant has an e-mail address on record, or any form of verified mail. This will be less expensive for the state’s self-storage operators than the previously required Certified Mail.
- If a delinquent tenant signs the Declaration in Opposition, it is the responsibility of the tenant, not the facility operator, to file suit within 21 days. The operator must wait 30 days to proceed with the lien.
- Operators are protected in situations involving abandoned property, including sensitive property such as pharmaceuticals and private records.
- If the self-storage rental agreement contains a limitation of value, stored property shall be deemed not to exceed that value.
SB150 was enrolled and delivered to the governor on June 6. Detailed bill information can be found at www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/76th2011/Reports/history.cfm?ID=363.