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Extra Space Storage Concludes Annual Conference

by Holly Robinson March 27, 2014 5:14 PM
that is where Extra Space Storage recently held its annual Partner Conference. [More]

Upcoming Webinar Explores New Texas Self Storage Lien Law

by John Stevens July 20, 2011 8:26 AM
The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) along with the national Self Storage Association (SSA) has worked hard to lobby for an update to the state’s self storage lien laws which had become antiquated and burdensome to facility operators. Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill that modernizes the state’s 30-year-old lien law. To assist self storage operators with understanding the ins and outs of the new law, the TSSA is hosting a webinar on July 26 for its members. [More]

Nevada Gets New Lien Law and New California Lien Law Focus of Webinar Series

by John Stevens June 15, 2011 8:14 AM
Championed by the Nevada Self Storage Association (NVSSA) with financial support from the national Self Storage Association (SSA), Nevada Senate Bill 150 (SB 150). that revises state-wide self storage lien laws was signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval on June 13. The lien law, which improves the state’s lien laws and limits operators’ liability regarding protected property, goes into effect on Oct. 1. [More]

Self Storage Lien Law Legislation Moves Along in Ten States With Latest Victory in Illinois

by John Stevens June 2, 2011 8:44 AM
The Self Storage Association’s (SSA) aggressive efforts to update archaic lien laws throughout the country is slowly paying off. The latest victory is Senate Bill 1394 (SB 1394) that will modernize the Illinois Self Service Storage Facility Act. It has passed both houses and currently awaits the signature of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. [More]

Tennessee Governor Signs New Lien Law For Self Storage Businesses

by John Stevens May 5, 2011 1:03 PM
With support from the national Self Storage Association (SSA), the Tennessee Self Storage Association (TNSSA) won a pivotal battle amending the current self storage lien law. The House Bill 1265 was signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on April 29 and will go into effect on July 1. [More]

Texas Residents Prepare for Tropical Storm, Soon to Be Hurricane, Alex

by Winnie Hsiu June 29, 2010 2:14 PM
Abandoning their preparations for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, residents along the Texas coast, operating with one eye on the weather forecast, are instead preparing for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Alex. Alex is the first storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which is forecast to have a higher than usual number of tropical storms and hurricanes. Many workers attempting to contain the BP oil spill have also had to evacuate, delaying BP’s oil containment efforts, although Alex is not expected to hit the oil spill area. The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, which are tracking Alex with satellite images, have forecast that Alex will become a hurricane later today. According to hurricane tracking software, it could make landfall anywhere between Baffin Bay, near Kingsville, and La Cruz, Mexico. When Alex does reach land, it is expected to have become a category 1 hurricane. [More]

Hold Off on Salvaging and Storing Belongings from Homes Destroyed by MN Tornadoes

by Tony Gonzalez June 18, 2010 7:59 PM
Minnesota residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by yesterday’s tornadoes may be eager to start the process of cleaning up, repairing, rebuilding, or in some cases, starting over. Some might like to go through their homes in order to salvage and store whatever possessions they can in self storage facilities, hopefully before tornado-damaged roofs begin to leak and water damage sets in. But officials say that it is not safe to begin the cleanup and recovery process yet. [More]

PA Governor Seeks to Tax Self Storage and Other Services

by Tony Gonzalez April 15, 2010 1:28 PM
In an attempt to balance their states' budgets, Michigan and North Carolina have been considering a tax on services, including self storage, for several months. Now Pennsylvania's Governor wants Pennsylvania to follow suit. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced earlier this month that he wants to lower Pennsylvania's sales tax from six percent to four percent, but apply it to more purchases, including sales of services such as self storage.

Only a few special kinds of sales would remain free of sales tax in Pennsylvania if Rendell's budget plan is approved by the legislature. The last remaining untaxed sales goods would be food, clothing, drugs, manufacturing, and sales by nonprofit groups. In addition to self storage, other services that would be taxed under Rendell's budget plan include home appraisals, engineering, accounting, legal services, and consulting. Nearly all services would be taxed in Pennsylvania -- health care services and educational tuition, however, would remain untaxed. [More]

Comic Candidate for CA Governor Displays Self-Storage Unit Contents

by Tony Gonzalez February 11, 2010 4:30 PM
California gubernatorial candidate and media-wise comic artist Lowell Darling kicked off his campaign yesterday by hauling the contents of his self-storage unit to San Francisco's Gallery 16 and putting them on display. Darling's possessions, which previously were stored at Southpoint Self Storage in Sebastopol, California, comprise an exhibit entitled "Full Disclosure." Darling says that putting the self-storage items on display shows that he has nothing to hide. Darling's possessions will be on display until March 31. In addition to the things that Darling was keeping in self-storage, he is also exhibiting all the rest of his worldly possessions. According to Gallery 16's website, Darling has put on exhibit "everything he owns." Some items, however, will remain in boxes.

"I took everything and set it in the middle of the gallery," Darling said. "Forty boxes containing the history of how I became an artist." The possessions on display include Darling's first drawing as a child, leftover documents from his previous failed gubernatorial bid against then governor Jerry Brown (who is expected to enter the race again this year) in 1978, and Internal Revenue Service documents from a dispute Darling had with the IRS in the early 1970s. Darling battled the IRS for years because it refused to classify him as an artist, claiming he did not make enough money at it for it to be considered his occupation. [More]