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The First Self Storage Lawsuit

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The First Self Storage Lawsuit
There has been a long-standing debate within the self storage industry about when the first self storage facilities were built. The general census is that the first self storage facilities were built in the southwest in the mid-1960's.
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| Categories: Legal | Tags: Court, Case, Rental Agreement | View Count: (506)
The New I-9 Form Goes into Effect September 19
Employers must begin using the revised I-9 form for new hires no later than September 19, 2017. Employer must ensure that every new hire executes an I-9 within the first 3 days of employment and must retain the form for at least three years from the hiring date or one year after the last day of employment, whichever occurs later.
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| Categories: Legal, Operations | Tags: Employment | View Count: (311)
The Risks of Cyber Liability in the Self Storage Industry
Certainly, the self storage industry has benefited from adding computers and the internet to their business operations over the last twenty years. The ability to store and transmit data about self storage tenants, the ease of managing financial transactions and the use of social media to engage greater marketing have certainly affected how facility operators conduct their business and have enhanced their bottom line profitability.
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| Categories: Legal, Insurance, Operations | Tags: Cyber Security, Computers, Networks | View Count: (537)
Meal Breaks: Washington Supreme Court Places New Burden on Employers
Not all states require that employees who work more than a set number of hours to be given an unpaid meal break. In states that do require meal breaks litigation against employers is common.
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| Categories: Legal, Operations, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Meal Breaks, Breaks, Washington | View Count: (405)
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Cellphone Parity

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Cellphone Parity
According to a recent National Health Survey, 50.8% of households had only cellphone service in the second half of 2016. This is the first time that the survey indicated that more households exclusively used cellphone service than a landline. It is a trend that is expected to continue.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Cellphone, Communications, Consumers | View Count: (589)
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House Passes Class Action Reform Bill

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House Passes Class Action Reform Bill
The United States House of Representatives has passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) by a 220 to 201 margin.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Legislative, Class Action, Small Business | View Count: (637)
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Limitation of Value of Stored Property

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Limitation of Value of Stored Property
On December 17, 2014 an Illinois Circuit court judge ruled that a limitation of value provision in a container storage agreement violates public policy and was not enforceable. The judge’s ruling greatly expanded the mobile storage operator’s potential liability for damages.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Legislative, Legal, Lien, Rental Agreement, Value of Property | View Count: (734)
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Limited Lines Licensing for Self Storage

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Limited Lines Licensing for Self Storage
Over twenty states currently include a limited lines insurance program that specifically allows self storage operators to obtain an insurance license to sell tenant insurance (for loss or damage to stored goods) directly to their customers and to be entitled to receive a commission for the sale.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Limited Lines, Insurance, Tenant Insurance, Legislation | View Count: (1137)
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Tenant Lease Termination

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Even though self storage facilities are constantly working to increase their occupancies, sometimes a self storage operator must make the decision to terminate the lease of a paying tenant. It may be that the tenant is using the rented space in violation of the rental agreement’s use provision or maybe the tenant is belligerent to the managers.
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| Categories: Legal | Tags: Eviction, Legal, Lease Termination | View Count: (1623)
California Supreme Court Rules on Employee Rest Breaks
Most California employees are entitled to two 10 minute rest breaks when working an eight hour shift. One question that has not been addressed is whether workers who are taking a rest break may be “on call” to respond to the occasional situation that requires their attention.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: California, Self Storage Employee, Self Storage Operations, Self Storage Legislative | View Count: (1055)
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