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Maine Joins Ranks of States with New Self Storage Legislation

by John Stevens June 21, 2011 5:56 PM
So far this year, self-storage legislation has been signed into law in California, Illinois, Nevada and Tennessee. Now Maine has joined the mix. Legislative document 1428, “An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Self-Service Storage in the State,” was signed by Maine Governor Paul LePage and includes legal improvements for the state’s self storage facilities. [More]

Popularity of Self Storage Auctions Spurs Change in Tennessee Lien laws

by John Stevens March 11, 2011 7:51 AM
Self storage auctions are getting swamped with attendees in recent months as popularity has grown, causing many states to look at streamlining their lien laws. Earlier this week, both Nevada and Florida legislators reviewed proposed changes to their states’ self storage lien laws. Now Tennessee has joined the ranks by introducing legislation that would lift the newspaper advertising requirement for self storage lien sales. [More]

Legislation Introduced to Limit Idaho Land Board Purchases

by John Stevens February 23, 2011 5:34 AM
Continued discontent from some Idaho lawmakers over the state’s purchase of a self storage property for a commercial venture prompted the introduction of a new bill on Tuesday that would set restrictions on what types of buildings the state Land Board can purchase in the future for investment purposes. [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]

AZSSA Reacts to New Lien Law with Auctions Website and Legal Seminar

by Winnie Hsiu February 2, 2010 9:31 AM
This week the Arizona Self Storage Association (AZSSA) opened its new self-storage auctions website. The website allows Arizona self-storage facilities to post notices related to upcoming auction sales. Interested buyers can go to the website and see a comprehensive list of auctions that are coming up all over the state. They can search the listing by date, city, zip code, or facility name....
The auctions website is just the most recent in a series of steps the Arizona Self Storage Association has taken to try to automate the process of holding auctions and lien sales. Last August, the AZSSA began offering its members a series of automated mailing forms to use in sending lien-sale notices with a Certificate of Mailing. (Because of changes to Arizona's lien laws, members do not have to send their lien notices by certified mail any more--instead, they can use First Class Mail.) The forms offered by the AZSSA were approved by the Postal Service and can be downloaded from the AZSSA website. They are also available on disks and in print, in the AZSSA's Resource Book. [More]