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.
Judge Demands Illinois City Make a Decision About Self-Storage Permit
A judge in Quincy, Ill., ordered the city Monday to either deny or approve a building permit for a self-storage facility after the facility owner initiated a lawsuit last summer. ...More
Florida Self Storage Association Hosts Legal Seminar, May 5
The Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) will be host a four-hour “Legal Update” seminar on May 5, 1-5 p.m., as part of its spring conference and tradeshow in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ...More
Self-Storage Insurance Coverages: Specialized Solutions for Facility Owners
Self-storage facilities are different from many other businesses in their insurance needs. Here’s a short list of coverages every facility operator should consider. ...More
The Importance of Collecting Customer Data to Self-Storage Facility Success
A self-storage operator's ability to collect customer data can greatly affect the success of the business in the long term. This article discusses how and why facility owners and managers should be collecting information from tenants. ...More
Litton Presents Webinar on Self-Storage Auctions and Rent Collection, April 7
On April 7, veteran self-storage professional Tom Litton, owner of Litton Property Management Inc., will present a free webinar titled, “Innovative Auction & Collection Techniques,” open to all self-storage facility owners and managers. ...More
Schur Success Auction Services Sells More Than 1,500 Self-Storage Units in 2009
On-site auction company Schur Success Auction Services set a personal record by auctioning more than 1,500 self-storage units in 2009. ...More
Free Education Sessions Hosted March 12 by Florida Self Storage Association
The Florida Self Storage Association will present two free education sessions at the Marriott Courtyard in Ft. Myers, Fla., on March 12. ...More
AZ Bill Regarding ‘Protected Property’ in Self-Storage Passes Key Committee
Last week Arizona House Bill 2643, which outlines the protocol for the sale and disposal of personal property contained in a self-storage unit when a customer defaults or abandons the goods, passed the Arizona House Commerce Committee. ...More
Self-Storage Auction Notification Now on the Web in Grand Rapids, Mich.
A change in the notification law for unit auctions in Grand Rapids, Mich., means self-storage operators can now notify overdue tenants and the public via the Web. ...More
Updating Your Self-Storage Rental Agreement to Use 'Plain Language'
One of the most important aspects of a self-storage operation is the rental agreement, but too often, they're written in complicated language. Updating the contract to include plain language will still protect a business, and make it easier for self-storage managers and ...More