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.
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
Arizona Self Storage Association Hosts Lien-Sale Seminar
On Feb. 24, the Arizona Self Storage Association (AZSA) will host a seminar regarding self-storage lien sales for facility owners and managers. ...More
Self-Storage Auctions Highlighted on 'This American Life'
The topic of self-storage auctions was the subject of a recent “This American Life” segment produced by Chicago Public Radio. ...More
Understanding Premises-Liability Law and Your Duty Toward Victims of Crime on Your Site
One of the many challenges facing self-storage owners and operators is the ever-present risk of a person being injured on the premises. If the injury relates to a criminal act that occurred on site, the issue of liability gets trickier. ...More
The Self-Storage Lien Sale: Operators Will Get It Right or Pay the Price
Self-storage lien sales, if not done properly, pose a huge risk of exposure to your business, both financially and from a consumer-relations standpoint. If you don’t know how to do a lien sale correctly, you need to learn. ...More
Waikiki Self Storage Struggles With Landlord, Tenants May Have to Vacate
More than 600 customers of Waikiki Self Storage in Hawaii are waiting to hear if they need to move their belongings out of storage due to possible eviction of the facility. ...More
The Risks of Sale and Disposal: Words of Caution and Guidance for Self-Storage Operators
Selling or disposing of the stored belongings of a delinquent tenant is one of those responsibilities no self-storage owner enjoys. It’s also an action fraught with potential liability if you fail to do it according to the law. ...More
Managing Self-Storage Delinquencies, Bankruptcies and Abandonment
Self-storage is popular and its use has grown exponentially over the last few years. However, it’s no surprise in this economic climate that the level of delinquencies, bankruptcies and abandonments has also grown. It’s important for self-storage operators to be aware of ...More