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Founded in 1998 to provide local and regional support for self storage owners and operators, our association provides the opportunity for our members to communicate, develop and organize our industry's resources to protect and promote the concept of self storage and the businesses of our members.
2014 Northeast Self Storage Tradeshow
Thank you to everyone who attended the Tradeshow on October 2, 2014. Exhibitor and attendee evaluations have been sent to attendees by e-mail. Participants who answer the questions in those evaluations will help us make the 2015 even better than the one this year.
Re: Update on SB 2297, formerly SB 183 - Lien Law and
HB 326 – Tenant Insurance
Senate Bill 2297 Improvements to Lien Law
After nearly 4 years of hard work, MASSA is happy to report that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed our lien law bill on October 17, 2014. The effective date is 90 days thereafter, on or about January 17, 2015. Thanks to hard work by past Presidents Mike Gardner and Morgan Hanlon, current President Steve Tranni, Lobbyists Anne Lynch and Mark Molloy of Lynch Associates and members of the Legislative Committee, Massachusetts’ lien law will be up to date with current electronic technologies, and, will maintain all the consumer protections mandated by The Attorney General’s office.
In brief, the law adds 6 definitions, allows “electronic” mailing of lien notices, allows “internet” advertising of auctions, clarifies the maximum value of stored property as that stated in the contract, clarifies a late fee as the greater of $20 or 20% of the monthly rent, allows a vehicle to be towed after 60 days of nonpayment and allows the owner to take possession of abandoned property.
MASSA is sponsoring a “Lien Law Workshop” on January 29, 2015 at The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. Save the date! Detailed information will be forthcoming. This is must go seminar. Jeffrey Greenberger, one of the nation’s pre-eminent storage attorneys will be making the presentation. He will cover not only on the new lien law but other important topics like the Serviceman’s Civil Service Act which must be in your contract. Take this opportunity to bring your contract up to date. Register Today!
House Bill 326 Tenant Insurance Law
This codifies what many facilities already do; sell tenant property insurance. The bill will proactively set the rules by which all storage facilities can sell tenant property insurance. It was originally submitted in early 2013. Unfortunately the DOI was very busy dealing with the crisis created by the failure of The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) web site and they did nothing to further our bill. We will be re-filing this bill in January 2015 and starting from scratch. There will be a new Commissioner this time. If anyone would like to help (especially insurance folks) please let Mike Kane know.
If you have questions or comments on the bills, contact Mike Kane at 508-881-8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The full text of the lien law and insurance bill can be found at the MASSA site at www.maselfstorage.org.
Michael G. Kane
Forty percent of membership dues support our legistlative efforts. If you are not a member of MASSA, join today and help us, help you.