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  • Warding Off a Wrongful Sale
    It’s been some time since the self-storage industry has seen a large judgment against a facility owner. But the recent appellate decision in the case of Barshak v. American Equity Insurance Co. has jolted the industry to recognize the risks of a wrongful foreclosure sale of ...More
    March 1, 2008 Scott Zucker Posted in Articles
  • The Importance of a Crystal-Clear Lease
    The storage industry, particularly in densely populated areas, often uses hybrid rental agreements that give rise to legal issues and can be very costly to an owner. Ambiguous lease clauses can provide a predicate for a tenant’s overcharge claims, or defenses against an ...More
    March 1, 2008 Melvyn B. Ruskin and Eric C. Rubenstein Posted in Articles
  • Preventing Discrimination Suits
    There are many circumstances under which a self-storage operator can choose not to rent a unit to an individual. Of course, the exposure to the operator could be enormous if the necessary safeguards aren’t instituted prior to the “refusal.” Your rental procedures and ...More
    March 1, 2008 Kenneth M. Piken Posted in Articles
  • Legal Perspectives: Why All the Hot Air About Climate Control?
    Over the years, in articles and presentations, I’ve identified several “ugly words” that should never be used in the business of self-storage. On that list has been the term “climate control.” While it may not have to be banished from your vocabulary completely, this phrase ...More
    January 2, 2008 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Legal Perspectives: Cell Tower Leases and Your Self-Storage Facility, Part II
    Many owners and operators have fallen in love with an unexpected source of revenue at their self-storage facilities: a cell tower. Once it’s up and running on your property, it may seem like easy street. Getting there, though, can be a different story. Assuming you can ...More
    November 9, 2007 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Legal Perspectives: Cell Tower Leases and Your Self-Storage Facility [Part I of II]
    Many owners and operators have fallen in love with an unexpected source of revenue at their self-storage facilities: a cell tower. Once it’s up and running on your property, it may seem like easy street. Getting there, though, can be a different story. Assuming you can ...More
    November 1, 2007 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Evictions: A Good Option
    Nearly all states have a self-storage statute that gives an operator the right to claim a lien against a delinquent tenant’s stored property. If he properly follows all the steps, he’ll eventually get the space back and sell the goods contained to help defray the ...More
    February 1, 2005 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles
  • Late-Fee Litigation and Legislation
    If you have been attending tradeshows and state-association meetings, and have been reading any industry-related publications, you would probably agree the issue of late fees is one of the hottest and most important topics in self-storage today. This month's article focuses ...More
    April 1, 2001 Jeffrey Greenberger Posted in Articles