Florida Lien Law Update

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    Legislative Update Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law updates to the 33 year-old Self-Service Storage Act, capping a two-and-a-half year effort by the national Self Storage Association (SSA) and the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) to improve the regulations that govern the lien process in the Sunshine State. The measure signed Friday, April 27th, (formerly SB0646 / HB0715), enables storage operators to utilize cheaper and more effective notification options, as opposed to certified mail, which has been required by law since 1979. If the some 2,600 self storage properties utilize the new process, the industry could save more than $4 million annually, statewide. Specifically, operators can now turn to email (if the tenant provides and email address) or verified mail (first-class mail with certificate of mailing or certified mail). The email will require a proof of delivery either by reply from the sender or through an e-verification service. The SSA and the FSSA invested nearly $100,000 to support the legislative program, with representatives of both organizations testifying at hearings in support of the bills during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions. The bill also requires operators to ask if the occupant is active duty military, a provision that both the he SSA and FSSA felt protected both the business and the soldier. Available to SSA and FSSA members is an easy-to-understand annotated guide to the new lien law. For more information and to order the new publication, visit the FSSA online store under “Products” at www.floridassa.org. The FSSA to travel across Florida with a Lien Law Seminar Series The FSSA will offer a Lunch and learn at * Panama City Tuesday May 29th by Nyle Wells with Storage Protection Auction Services, * Gainesville Thursday May 31st by Jack Ballentine with Hammer Down Auctions, * Ft Lauderdale Tuesday June 5th by Cheli Rosa with Legacy Auction Services, * Melbourne Thursday June 7th by Cheli Rosa with Legacy Auction Services, * Sarasota June 12th by Jack Ballentine with Hammer Down Auctions, and * Orlando June 14th by Nyle Wells with Storage Protection Auction Services. For details or to register visit:  www.floridassa.org/shopdisplayproducts.asp FSSA Annual Executive Retreat “Save the Date” for October 5th 2012! The Florida Self-Storage Association will host its 4th annual Executive Retreat this Fall at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida! Our Guest speakers will be: 1) Dale A. Brill, Ph.D. (President, Florida Chamber Foundation), 2) Paul Voss, Ph.D. (CEO, Arête Leadership Group and Associate Professor at Georgia State University), 3) Karl Haas (CFO of Extra Space), 4) Chris Oakley (Vice President Federal Reserve Bank), and 5) Brad Hunter (MetroStudy Chief Economist). We will also be hosting a Casino Night Fun Fund Raiser for Kure IT! Cancer Research the evening prior on October 4th from 9p-11p. More details to come keep in the loop by checking our website; www.floridassa.org. About the Florida Self Storage Association (FSSA) The Florida Self Storage Association is a not for profit group of Florida self-storage owners, operators, management personnel and vendors with a common goal. The FSSA was founded in 1999 by a small group of operators in south Florida which quickly grew to a statewide organization by 2001 with over 100 members. Today the FSSA boasts a substantial 966 members with an annualized budget of over $250,000. FSSA Membership includes, but is not limited to: educational programs for owners and their management staff, unparalleled networking opportunities, government advocacy, industry communications, including the quarterly FSSA magazine, and other benefits. Also The FSSA is an SSA affiliated state; therefore all of our members are indirect members of the national SSA, providing a host of additional benefits. Visit our website at www.floridassa.org If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions – please don’t hesitate to contact Robert Bret, Executive Director at 877.222.9441; rbret@floridassa.org.]]>

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