A law pertaining to private information stored by delinquent self-storage tenants, Maine Legislative Document 1499, was signed by Gov. John Baldacci on March 22. “An Act to Protect Confidential Consumer Records in Self-Service Storage Facilities” (SP 577, LD1499), is favorable for the self-storage industry, limiting the liability of facility operators. Operators can now destroy abandoned third-party records without recourse. The law goes into affect in May.
The Maine Self Storage Association (MeSSA) and its president, Rhonda Hallett Pope, worked with the state legislature to craft and amend this new bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Peter Bowman. Details of the bill can be read here: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1499&PID=1456&snum=124.