Texas Self Storage Association

Modernized Texas Self Storage Lien Bill Signed by Governor

Round Rock, TX, June 22, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA) took an active role in this year’s Texas legislative session to support changes to the Chapter 59 foreclosure process affecting self storage operators in Texas. Their efforts paid off on Friday, June 17 when Governor Perry signed the bill modernizing the 30-year-old law.

The new law, which becomes effective January 1, 2012, will:

1. Allow the use of either verified mail or e-mail provided by the tenant (instead of the currently required certified mail) to send the required foreclosure seizure/claim notice;
2. Require specific notice to military customers asking them to identify themselves as active duty, thereby providing additional safeguards for service members;
3. Incorporate special foreclosure processes for vehicles and boats into Chapter 59 instead of the current separate section of the property code subject to changes intended for mechanics liens

Senator John Carona and State Representative Sid Miller introduced identical bills in both the Senate and the House, and worked with TSSA to ensure passage of the bill with few amendments along the way. This is the first time in more than 15 years that TSSA has actively stepped into the legislative fray to lobby for a specific bill. The Association’s legislative role has mainly been as a watchdog and to actively lobby against harmful legislation. Connie Heyer, of Niemann and Heyer, LLP, routinely monitors all bills filed if they have potential impact on self-storage operators, working at the Capitol with bill authors when amendments are needed. When needed, the Association rallies members to contact their representatives to help prevent onerous bills from becoming law.

The process was relatively smooth, but one stumbling block occurred early on when the newspaper lobby came out in opposition against a portion of the bill that would have eliminated required newspaper advertising. This section was eventually eliminated from the bill.

“There is definitely success to be claimed, and joy in doing something that helps members run their businesses more efficiently,” stated TSSA Executive Director Ginny Sutton. TSSA Board President Robert Loeb praised everyone involved in the process and hailed the signing of the bill as “a good day for TSSA, our customers and our industry.”

The Texas Self Storage Association was established in 1986 and is a non-profit trade association dedicated to enhancing the quality of the self-storage industry in Texas. The Association provides opportunities for member to increase their knowledge of the self-storage industry through education, research, discussion and exchange of information.

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Texas Self Storage Association – www.txssa.org

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