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Membership Benefits



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SSA is the registered lobbying entity representing industry before the U.S. Congress and federal departments and agencies and represents the self storage industry in state capitals and municipalities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2005, SSA’s advocacy efforts, in conjunction with members and affiliated state associations, have significantly enhanced the business environment for self storage owners and operators. SSA has supported the passage of over 200 laws to improve the lien process and allow for the sale of tenant insurance. SSA also advocates for code amendments to eliminate inefficiencies when building or expanding storage facilities. When necessary, SSA represents the industry’s interests before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies.

Legal Information

Self Storage Legal Network – Members can email questions or call self storage legal specialists to obtain accurate and reliable legal information.

Self Storage Legal Review (SSLR) - The bimonthly publication is one of the industry’s top publications, giving you timely information on legal developments in the industry.

Legal Resource Center (LRC) - The SSA's legal library for SSA member owner/operators, managers and vendors. From lien law updates and auction procedures to insurance and taxes, the LRC holds a wealth of legal information. The LRC is updated and monitored regularly by the SSA in-house legal team and the attorney's of the SSLN.

Education & Training

SSA is your one-stop source for self storage-specific learning opportunities on key topics. The SSA Online University offers multimedia online education and live monthly webcasts, free to SSA members.

SSA also offers the acclaimed SSA Managers Certification Program, an intensive course for self storage professionals to attain the prestigious SSA Certified Self Storage Manager (CSSM©) designation.


Connect with thousands of members at our annual national Spring and Fall Conference and Trade Shows. SSA Members receive the largest registration discounts.  Members have access to a VIP Members-Only Lounge, exclusive receptions and days of industry best education. Vendor members can exhibit and attend at discounted rates. The Executive Ski Workshop is a members only event held annually at the top ski in-and-out destinations in North America.


SSA members now receive three essential operations publications in a digital format: the Self Storage Employee Policy Manual; the Guide to Drafting Your Rental Agreement and the Self Storage Training & Procedures Manual.

SSA Magazine – Each month you will receive the industry’s largest-circulation magazine, SSA Magazine, the official voice of the Self Storage Association.

SSA Magazine Weekly Digital Newsletter – 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.

Annotated Lien Law booklets - Available for 49 states plus the District of Columbia. These manuals break down the state’s lien law and include sample checklists and lien letters. Extensive comments are provided by SSLN attorneys or SSA’s in-house legal team.

Online BookstoreMember-only discounts on publications sold in paperback and some in digital formats covering all aspects of the industry such as data studies, legal publications, operations forms and manuals, lien law books with checklists and sample letters, zoning and so much more.  

Access to members-only exclusive content in the Members Library.


Online Directories

SSA provides two online directories to assist members run their facilities. 

Members are listed in SSA’s online F
acility Locator, a searching tool with 37,000+ unique visits per month. Additionally, members receive the SSA Membership Directory which provides a “who’s who” in the self storage industry. The directory is online and printed yearly and mailed to all members. The Vendor Directory  gives members access to all the companies who are members of SSA that provide goods and services to the self storage industry.

Research Data

Research and Data – SSA takes pride in providing members with fresh research and data to assist in the way owner-operators, and managers, run their business.

Scholarship Program

The SSA Foundation Scholarship Program provides scholarship awards of $2,000 to $5,000 toward post-secondary education tuition and fees for direct SSA members and their relatives. Scholarship applications are accepted each year from October through February 1 and awarded by May 1. In 2023 the SSAF Board of Governors awarded $141,000.00 in scholarships to 39 students. To date, the Foundation has awarded over one million dollars in scholarships to self storage association members, their employees and their employees' families, all of whom are now afforded the opportunity of financial assistance to help them accomplish their dreams and goals of furthering their education.

Get all of these benefits and so much more! JOIN NOW!


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