A bill that will greatly improve the lien rights of self-storage operators in California passed the General Assembly in a unanimous vote last Thursday. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it will be reviewed by policy committees. Hearings may be held in June or July.
The California Self Storage Association and the national Self Storage Association introduced the bill in April to amend the state’s self-storage lien statute. The bill proposes to eliminate the existing Declaration of Opposition Provision; amend the statute language to increase the maximum for late fees to $20 or 20 percent; change the notice of lien requirement to a certificate of mailing; and eliminate the newspaper advertising requirement. The CSSA says these changes would save the average California self-storage operation $1,500 per year.
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