Navigating the complicated maze of self-storage legal issues confounds many self-storage managers and owners. With laws and regulations in constant flux, keeping up-to-date with the legal issues surrounding a self-storage business is paramount to its survival. Today’s self-storage managers and owners must deal with a number of legal challenges including lien sales and auctions, abandonment of goods and documents, changes in state legislation, tenant bankruptcy or death, collections, rental agreement validity, protection of tenant information, and the storage of boats, RVs and other vehicles. Operators must understand the lien-sale process and execute it correctly every time to avoid exposure to litigation. Self-storage associations are continually challenging dated city and state laws regarding lien sales, the notification process and other legal concerns to strengthen operator rights.
2 Boys Discovered Living Inside Self-Storage Unit in Ewing, N.J.
Two boys, ages 5 and 10, were discovered yesterday to be living inside an unlocked 5-by-10-foot self-storage unit at an Extra Space Storage facility in Ewing Township, N.J. A single mattress piled on top of belongings, along with toys, buckets and some furniture, were also ...More
StorageBattles.com Releases Version 2 of Self-Storage Online Auction Website
StorageBattles.com, an online-auction website serving self-storage businesses, has released Version 2 of its platform, designed to enhance services to meet increased membership, company officials said. The website currently includes more than 3,500 U.S. self-storage ...More
Bill Seeking to Apply Sales Tax to Self-Storage Rent Withdrawn in Louisiana
The sponsor of a Louisiana bill that sought to impose a 4 percent sales tax on self-storage leases and other commercial services has withdrawn the measure, according to the national Self Storage Association (SSA). State Rep. Kirk Talbot apparently withdrew the bill ...More
FBI Searches Self-Storage Unit in Seagoville, TX, in Connection With High-Profile Murders
The FBI and local authorities on Saturday seized 20 weapons and a vehicle from a Gibson Self Storage unit in Seagoville, Texas, as part of an investigation into the murders of Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse, District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia. ...More
Safeguard Self Storage Settles New York City Lawsuit Over Stored Counterfeit Goods
Self-storage operator Safeguard Properties LLC has settled a civil lawsuit with authorities in New York City who sued the company over counterfeit merchandise that was seized last summer from one of its facilities. Approximately 44,000 counterfeit trademarked goods and ...More
Atlanta City Councilmember Uses Twitter to Oppose Self-Storage Facility
A proposed four-story self-storage facility in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward district has received resistance from local residents and a member of the city council, who has started a social media campaign against the project. Councilmember Kwanza Hall is using the Twitter ...More
State Associations Make Headway With Legislative Updates to Self-Storage Laws
State self-storage associations continued to make legislative gains through the first quarter of 2013, with at least 14 states making progress toward updating self-storage regulations. In most instances where at least one branch of a state’s legislature has recently passed ...More
TCL Media Group Launches Virtual Self-Storage Online Auction Website
TCL Media Group, a developer of websites focused on self-storage auctions, has launched VirtualStorageAuction.com, a free listing service for self-storage lien sales. Units can be listed by storage facilities, auctioneers or private sellers, and bidders can use the site to ...More
Canadian Self-Storage Operator Speaks Out Against Illegally Operating Businesses
Mike Whaling, owner of Airport Mini-Storage in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada, is tired of other local small-business owners who do not pay their fair share in property taxes, licensing fees or zoning fees. While Whaling said he pays nearly $30,000 a year in property taxes, he ...More
Health-Care Changes Loom: Is Your Self-Storage Business Ready?
The sweeping health-care reform passed in 2010 takes full form next year. Here’s what self-storage owners needs to know about the mandate, penalties and health-care exchange programs. ...More