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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Archive by author: D. Carlos KaslowReturn
Carlos Kaslow is a California attorney and serves as the General Counsel to the Self Storage Association. He is the editor of the Self Storage Legal Review, the SSA’s legal periodical. He is a founding partner of the Self Storage Legal Network; the industry’s only telephone legal information service. Mr. Kaslow has provided legal consulting services to several of the largest U.S. self storage operators, including Public Storage, Inc., Shurgard Storage Centers and U-Store-It. He has written numerous articles on legal and insurance issues confronting self storage for the SSA Globe and other industry publications. He is the co-author of the Rental Agreement Handbook.
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I Had to Pay My Bail Bondsman

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I Had to Pay My Bail Bondsman
Self storage tenants have many reasons for not paying their rent and storage operators are often sympathetic to their circumstances.
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| Categories: Legal | Tags: Lien | View Count: (143)
California Supreme Court Rules Protection Plan Is Not Insurance
The California Supreme Court last week unanimously ruled that a protection plan is not insurance. The decision ended five years of litigation against A-1 Self Storage.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Insurance, Class Action | View Count: (346)
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The Tenant Rental Dilemma

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The Tenant Rental Dilemma
The self storage industry has been a take-all-comers business since its inception. Self Storage operators do not typically run credit checks on their customers before renting a space and require minimum identification.
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| Categories: Legal, Operations | Tags: Tenants, Credit Checks | View Count: (501)
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Is That Your Best Effort?

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Is That Your Best Effort?
Contracts of all varieties place an obligation on one or both parties to use their “best effort” or “commercially reasonable efforts” or some variation on the efforts theme to accomplish the goals of the contract.
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| Categories: Legal, Legislative / Regulatory | Tags: Contracts | View Count: (1305)
Storage Operators Need To Prepare for New Florida Real Estate Tax
The Florida real estate sales tax is going down, and storage operators will have some work to do before it goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
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| Categories: Operations | Tags: Real Estate Tax, Taxes, Sales Tax, Florida | View Count: (1660)
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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: (2065)
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: (1537)
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: (1635)
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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: (1719)
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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: (1813)
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