New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed an amended version of the state’s self-storage lien law (Assembly Bill 3035) that enables self-storage facility operators to assess storage-value limitations, tow defaulted vehicles and notify tenants about impending lien procedures via e-mail. The New Jersey Self Storage Association (NJSSA) and national Self Storage Association (SSA) have been working with lawmakers for two years to update the state’s Self-Service Storage Facility Act.
The measure passed unanimously through the state assembly in May but was not formally approved until Aug. 9. Changes go into effect immediately.
Storage operators can now send lien notifications through any method of verified mail, including private delivery or e-mail. Notices are “presumed delivered when deposited with the U.S. Postal Service or private delivery service and properly addressed with postage prepaid or sent by electronic mail to the occupant’s last know address,” according to the bill statement. In addition, operators no longer are required to send a copy of lien notices to the Division of Taxation in the Treasury Department.
Operators may also place a maximum limit on the value of stored property, as long as the limitation is either in bold type or underlined in the rental agreement. The new law also enables operators to have stored vehicles towed after default exceeds 60 days and absolves them of liability for damages that may occur once vehicles are towed.