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.
As a result, whenever there is something that is deemed in need of change it feels like it takes forever for that change to occur with all the steps that must be followed in order to do so. However, persistence often wins out in the end if something needs changing enough. Such is the case in Florida and the lien laws that the self storage industry has been trying to change.
Many state self storage associations across the nation have been diligently working to get the lien laws updated, some with more success than others. With the economy not doing well in recent years more and more people have been making use of their local self storage facilities as they are forced to downsize their living arrangements or move. While this has created more business, it has also resulted in more people not being able to pay their bill. As a result, owners have been forced to put liens on units and eventually sell the contents at auction.
The State of Florida is finally on its way to making this process much easier and economical for self storage owners. Not too long ago the House unanimously passed a bill to revise the state’s lien laws. The state Senate has now passed it as well (also by unanimous vote) meaning that all that needs to happen now is for Governor Rick Scott to sign it. Once it is signed the changes are scheduled to go into effect on July 1.
At that time the following changes will become law:
• A change of address can be turned in via email or first class mail.
• A “Notification of Default” can be sent either first class mail with a certificate of mailing or by email, but only if receipt of the email can be verified.
• Applications and/or contracts will be required to ask if a tenant is in the military. This is important so that the person can receive protection under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
“Florida Self Storage Lien Revision Passes Senate,Awaits Governor’s Signature.” Inside Self Storage; 12 March 2012.
“State Association News.” SSA Globe; March 2012.