SSA is the registered lobbying entity representing the industry’s 49,000 facilities before the U.S. Congress and federal departments and agencies. The Association is also quite active in representation of the industry before state legislative and regulatory bodies. Over the past decade, SSA has spent more than $4 million influencing over 60 relevant laws, as well as adding specialty licenses for the offering of tenant insurance, and authorizing reasonable late fees, dealing with abandoned records and vehicles, and fighting the imposition of sales taxes on self storage rents in a dozen other states.
Self Storage Legal Network – How much do you spend per year on legal fees? Do you have lien law questions, rental agreements, or partial payment questions? The number one most important benefit of being a direct SSA member is access to the Self Storage Legal Network. This legal hotline service provides one of the best sources available for obtaining accurate and reliable industry-related legal information. SSA attorneys Carlos Kaslow and Scott Zucker bring more than 50 years of combined self storage industry experience. When you or your employees have a legal question concerning self storage operations, you can simply login to the SSLN online and ask your question. The SSLN is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and provides a response to your inquiry by the next business day. The SSLN is a legal and operations information service and does not provide subscribers with legal services. For more information, click here.
Self Storage Legal Review - SSA’s most valuable publication, the bimonthly Self Storage Legal Review is one of the industry’s top publications, giving you timely information on legal developments in the industry. It monitors emerging trends and legal issues that you need to know for your individual business. If purchased separately, this publication is valued at $240 per year.
Education & Training
Well-informed owners and an educated workforce are vital to success in today’s self storage industry—and the SSA is your one-stop source of first-class, self storage-specific learning opportunities on key topics. The SSA Online University offers convenient multimedia online education and training that saves time and travel expense. Participate in live monthly webcasts, free to SSA members, plus download valuable training content for companies and individuals through SSA Online University’s Education to Go and Webcast Recording Library. SSA also offers the acclaimed SSA Manager Certification Program, an intensive course that provides a solid foundation for self storage managers, and an opportunity for self storage professionals to attain the prestigious SSA Certified Self Storage Manager (CSSM©) designation.
National Spring and Fall Conference and Trade Shows – Be the first to see the latest products, technology, and services at the industry’s largest meetings dedicated to people who have already made an investment in self storage. These are the industry’s official trade shows bringing self storage owners and operators from the largest companies to those who have one facility. Vendor members can exhibit and attend at discounted rates. Direct members of the national SSA receive registration discounts and exclusive access to the Direct Members Only Lounge during the conference. These events offer prestigious keynote speakers, educational panels, networking, receptions, and roundtable discussions on industry topics that are important to you, your business, and your bottom line.
Executive Ski Workshop – Network with high-level peers during the annual SSA Executive Ski Workshop. This educational getaway boasts some of the industry’s top speakers. Combined with industry roundtables and skiing fun, you can understand why this event is sold out every year. Members receive reduced registration rates.
SSA GLOBE Magazine – Each month you will receive the industry’s largest-circulation magazine, SSA GLOBE, the official voice of the industry. With an annual circulation of 180,000, the publication keeps you up-to-date with the SSA’s latest news and activities including various topics such as legislation, technology, security, insurance, state updates and much more.
SSA Monday GLOBE – Stay up-to-date with a weekly email newsletter containing the latest industry news and upcoming networking and educational opportunities.
Self Storage Legal Review – Issued 6 times a year, this newsletter is full of legal information and reviews of court decisions as well as legislative initiatives and regulatory actions across the nation.
The SSA, in partnership with MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC, offers a wide range of health insurance coverage options through its SSA Health Insurance Marketplace, a private healthcare exchange. This program can be a valuable incentive for employee recruitment and retention. SSA members, their employees and families are eligible including full-time, part-time, seasonal, temporary employees and contractors. Coverage options include high-deductible, major medical insurance; a guaranteed acceptance limited indemnity medical insurance program; a free prescription savings program; dental, vision and hearing insurance; and short term temporary medical insurance. It features guaranteed acceptance based on eligibility (age and state availability), coverage available until age 65, freedom to choose providers, an insurance card, online payment, and low monthly premiums. Deductible Supplement Insurance is now available to help manage the increased out-of-pocket exposure of a high-deductible insurance plan. Click here for more information or to get a quote.
SSA services support your needs for year-round visibility and long-term business growth by providing more business exposure included with your SSA membership. Members are listed in SSA’s online facility locator, a searching tool with 20,000+/- unique visits per month), and may use the SSA member logo on their facility front door and in marketing and outreach materials. Additionally, SSA prints the SSA Globe Yearbook & Membership Directory which provides a “who’s who” in the self storage industry.
SSA also offers a series of “Declutterfy” radio commercials, message-on-hold recordings, and print ads. SSA members can use the spots for their stores’ on-hold messages or to promote their businesses locally. Two of the commercials focus on consumer use of self storage, and two others promote self storage in business. These productions encourage the public to “Declutterfy – Your Home, Your Office – Your Life!” and include blank air space for information about the member’s facility.
Publications and Research
Publications – SSA offers numerous sales and marketing tools, management materials, resources, safety programs and legislative resources at discounts to members. In 2013, SSA updated the Self Storage Demand Study, and in 2014 we added new legal publications such as the Self Storage Collections & Lien Sale Handbook and Everyday Business Forms for Self Storage Operators. To explore all the books and studies available, visit our Online Store.
Research and Data – SSA takes pride in providing members with fresh research and data. We continue to outpace the industry in terms of generating new research and cutting edge information programs. SSA data studies are revolutionizing the way owner-operators and managers look at this industry:
Reis, Inc. Data Reports – Reis, Inc., a leading provider of commercial real estate market information and analytical tools, have introduced coverage of self storage properties in 50 major United States metropolitan markets and 279 submarkets. These market reports are made possible by the quarterly participation of SSA member facilities and three of the leading self storage real estate investment trusts (REITs) - over 10,000 self storage facilities. This new data program provides investors, lenders, developers, industry analysts, and self storage facility owners and operators, with the critical local market intelligence that they require in order to make superior asset and portfolio level decisions. Direct members receive first notice on all future data releases, and receive substantial discounts on all studies.
The SSA Foundation Scholarship Program provides scholarship awards of $2,500 to $5,000 toward postsecondary education tuition and fees. This is a needs-based scholarship program for students with at least a “C” cumulative average or 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 point scale. Recipients must be employees (or employees’ children/grandchildren) of companies that are direct members of the Self Storage Association. Eligibility requirements also include a demonstration of integrity within the applicant’s school and/or workplace, plus documented pursuit of meaningful education at an accredited postsecondary education institution.