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Colorado Might Join Ranks of States With More Lax Self Storage Lien Laws

by John Stevens January 27, 2011 7:28 AM
Colorado could join states like California and Nevada when it comes to more relaxed lien laws for self storage auctions. Coming up on Jan. 31, the first senate hearing on a Colorado bill to modernize the state’s self storage lien law will be held. The Colorado Self Storage Association (CoSSA) along with financial backing from the national Self Storage Association (SSA), introduced the bill in mid January and representatives from each association will testify at the hearing. [More]

Storage Unit Lien Laws in California and Nevada Integral Part of Storage Auction Shows' Success

by John Stevens December 22, 2010 5:00 PM
On A&E‟s “Storage Wars”, some of the greatest finds have been Picasso paintings and a letter written by Abraham Lincoln worth $15,000. What enables new shows like “Storage Wars” and Spike TV‟s “Auction Hunters” to attract viewers with jaw-dropping finds are the lien laws that uphold a legal process followed when a renter doesn‟t pay his bill for a certain amount of time. Because the lien laws are more lax in California and Nevada, many of the shows‟ episodes are filmed there and could be the key to there success. [More]

California Developer Refurbishes Dilapidated Building into Wine Storage Facility in an Area of Portland He Thinks Will Blossom

by John Stevens December 14, 2010 12:04 PM
In Portland, Ore., an investor who paid nearly $4 million for property to be used as a storage facility for wine, has raised some eyebrows due to the building’s poor condition. But the developer is confident in the beauty of the building and of success to come.

In Portland, Ore., an investor who paid nearly $4 million for property to be used as a storage facility for wine, has raised some eyebrows due to the building’s poor condition. But the developer is confident in the beauty of the building and of success to come. [More]

The Terminator Strikes down Higher Costs for Storage Facilities and Streamlines California Storage Lien Law.

by John Stevens November 5, 2010 11:44 AM
California storage owners can now work more efficiently and save money with Governor Schwarzenegger’s signing of an amendment to the existing storage lien law. This amendment will reduce expenses for the state's storage business owners. The lien is supported by The California Self Storage Association (CSSA) and primarily funded by the Self Storage Association (SSA). The amendment signals that changes to lien laws could soon appear in other states. [More]

CA Self Storage Manager Steps in to Bury Forgotten Veteran

by Holly Robinson October 18, 2010 6:00 PM
Self storage manager Jerry Petersen was cleaning out an abandoned storage unit in Citrus Heights, California, when he found someone who should never have been forgotten. He found the ashes of Chief Master Sergeant James Gerald Leach, who died in 1997. The ashes had been left in unit 5001 of the Mini Stor facility on Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights. Petersen decided then and there that he had to make sure that Leach received a proper veterans burial. [More]

Lenders Continue to Rein in the “Burger King Kids”

by Tony Gonzalez October 14, 2010 11:53 PM
Who is responsible for deciding if your home will be foreclosed on? At JP Morgan Chase, according to yesterday’s New York Times, the bureaucrats in charge of foreclosure paperwork were called the “Burger King kids” because they had so little experience in banking. At Citigroup and GMAC Mortgage, foreclosure paperwork was not always done by the lender itself -- instead, lenders outsourced the paperwork to workers in Guam and the Philippines. Inexpert workers sometimes threw needed paperwork in the trash, the Times reported. The charges were just the latest in a round of criticisms of the mortgage industry’s “robo-signers,” bank employees who were in charge of checking foreclosure documents prior to a repossession by the bank.

As the foreclosure crisis deepens, Attorney Generals in all 50 states have announced that they will work together on a joint investigation. At least six major lenders are reviewing their own foreclosure procedures internally, while four lenders have announced a moratorium on foreclosures until they can complete an internal review. Self storage industry experts have watched the crisis unfold with concern, as self storage companies step in to help Americans who have lost their homes and need a place to put their possessions. Several self storage companies offer discounts or free rent for the first month, partially in an attempt to offer some relief to new tenants who may be facing foreclosure, unemployment, or who are recovering from other crises. [More]

Self Storage Association Inducts New Honorees into its Hall of Fame

by Holly Robinson September 30, 2010 8:43 PM
This week the eyes of many members of the self storage industry have been on the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans. Earlier this month, though, another important self storage conclave took place -- the fall conference of the national Self Storage Association. At the Self Storage Association conference, the Self Storage Association Foundation (SSAF) met as well. The SSAF Board, among its other responsibilities, also nominates persons to be inducted into the Self Storage Association Hall of Fame. This year, the SSAF inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame: Steve Wilson of Hide-Away Storage in Sarasota, Florida, and Bill Kenney of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, California. [More]

California Self Storage Operator Saves Life of Tenant

by John Stevens September 28, 2010 11:45 PM
Self storage operator Gina Kudo and her coworker saved the life of a tenant last month at her facility, Cochrane Road Self Storage, in Morgan Hill, California. The tenant was having a stroke, and his life was saved by the quick thinking and actions of Kudo and the rest of Cochrane's staff. After the incident, Kudo wrote in to Inside Self-Storage to explain the importance, from a safety standpoint, of stroke awareness, of getting to know tenants and of being aware of what may be happening in a self storage facility. [More]

Stay in One Place, Sunrise Self Storage Facilities, and Google Will Find You Eventually

by Winnie Hsiu September 22, 2010 11:57 PM
According to the United States Search and Rescue Task Force, the thing to do if you get lost is to stay in one place -- and stay together. Sunrise, Florida, and its more than 86,000 citizens have been doing just that for 50 years, since Sunrise (originally called Sunset) was first established. Yet for almost a month this summer, Google Maps sent viewers who were looking for Sunrise to Sarasota -- a city that is 200 miles away and on the other side of the state -- instead. Not only was the city of Sunrise lost, but so were all its businesses (including many self storage facilities), addresses, and even city hall, much to the mayor’s dismay. [More]

AAA Self Storage Collecting Cell Phones for Soldiers

by Kim Kilpatrick September 13, 2010 5:14 PM
Woodland, California self storage company AAA Self Storage has begun collecting cell phones to send to troops overseas, as part of Cell Phones for Soldiers. The nonprofit organization started by two Massachusetts teens turns recycled cell phones into minutes that can be added to prepaid calling cards used by U.S. troops overseas. [More]
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