Contributing Editors

Attending Self Storage Auctions is About to Get a Lot Easier

by John Stevens January 2, 2014 11:24 PM
It’s the American Dream to hit the lottery; to find the needle in the haystack. We want to find our thingy; our doo-hickey; our watch-a-ma-call-it that is going to make us money as we sit back and do nothing—or next to nothing. In recent years many have taken to self storage auctions to try and find it. [More]

Self Storage Lien Laws Still a Work in Progress in Some States

by Winnie Hsiu July 15, 2013 11:28 PM
It is not easy to get a law repealed or altered in the United States. In fact, it could be called an absolute pain in the behind trying to get a law updated. In a way that is good. If it was too easy to change laws we would likely be doing it all the time making it impossible to know what is up and what is down. However, at the same time it can take what seems like forever to get something that is outdated up to speed. [More]

Changes in Store for Some State Self Storage Legislation

by Tony Gonzalez March 15, 2013 9:51 PM
Over the last few years the self storage industry has become pretty big business. Due to different circumstances people in the U.S. have found a need for self storage space and have been using it. However, as business began to boom so did the need for change to existing self storage related laws. While there has been significant progress there is still need for more. [More]

Florida Self Storage Facilities Inch Closer to Seeing Lien Laws Change

by John Stevens March 12, 2012 6:36 PM
When the Framers were creating the basis of the nation’s government over two hundred years ago they wanted to be sure and do a few things. One of them was to make sure that the whim of the people would not be able to bring about change at the drop of the hat. They didn’t want the way the nation and its states to be governed by the passions of the people, but by cool, calm, and collected officials elected by the people to protect the people from themselves. [More]

New Lien Laws to go into Effect Soon in Texas

by Kim Kilpatrick November 4, 2011 4:35 PM
One of the great things about this country (depending on who you are asking probably) is that it is not necessary to have a majority of the people behind you in order to have your voice heard. With the right organization, a well-thought out message, and a good lobbyist even the smallest of groups can affect change in their own backyard. [More]

Storing in Canada a Bit Different than in the United States

by Winnie Hsiu July 25, 2011 10:50 PM
The self storage industry is on the way to becoming a global industry for one reason and one reason only. We all like stuff. No matter who you are or where you live, when it comes to your stuff you don’t want to let it go. That is where the self storage industry has been able to step in and give people what they need—space. [More]

Politics Make the World Go 'Round

by Tony Gonzalez July 22, 2011 10:43 PM
Some people would like us to believe that love makes the world go ‘round. Others would say that big business does the trick, or simply money in general. Those people would all be wrong. If you want to know what makes the world go ‘round, look no further than the sordid world of politics. [More]

Self Storage Industry Possibly Getting Targeted by State Governments

by John Stevens June 6, 2011 2:29 PM
One of the bad things about living through bad economic times is that it is not just businesses and consumers that are feeling the pinch. Governments are feeling the pinch as well. When you consider that they operate pretty much due to the taxes they collect, if people are not making much money and are spending even less than tax collections and essentially government operating budgets feel the crunch as well. [More]

Championed by the Self Storage Industry, Colorado Lien Bill Signed Into Law

by John Stevens April 19, 2011 8:14 PM
As changes to lien laws sweep across the country for the self storage industry, Colorado is the latest state to enact changes to streamline the legal process. Last week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 11-039, “A Bill for an Act Concerning the Consequences of Default in Payments Due for Storage of Personal Property in a Self-Storage Facility” which improves the state’s lien laws for self storage operators. [More]

Improved Lien Laws a National Focus for Self Storage

by Winnie Hsiu April 1, 2011 11:46 AM
In a nation as diverse as the United States it is not common that there is something that can be readily agreed upon. With the growing popularity of auctions at self storage facilities (as a result of lien laws being carried out) an interest has grown in the industry nationwide to make certain changes happen in regards to the lien laws that are on the books. [More]
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