Amended Self-Storage Lien Law Stalls in Alabama Senate

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An amended bill intended to update the self-storage lien law in Alabama appears to have stalled in the senate, effectively ending its chance for passage this year, according to the national Self Storage Association, which supported the bill along with the Alabama Self Storage Association. The bill did not come up for a vote before the 2014 legislative session ended on April 3.

House Bill 421 could be reintroduced during the 2015 session. It is currently with the senate’s committee on commerce, transportation and utilities. As presently written, it would shorten the time required for default from 30 to 15 days and enable self-storage operators to use e-mail for delinquency notifications.

The measure also would allow limitations on the value of stored goods, the imposition of late fees, and towing of motor vehicles after delinquency exceeds 60 days. In addition, it addresses liens enforced against active members of the military and other provisions.

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