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  • March 08, 2010 12:22 PM | Melissa Huff (Administrator)

    Bill Improving Self-Storage Lien Law Makes Progress in Wisconsin


    Wisconsin is one step closer to improving its self-storage lien law. Assembly Bill 707 made it through the Assembly Committee on Jobs, the Economy and Small Business without opposition last week. AB707 significantly improves self-storage lien-sale notification procedures, supports facility operators with a value-limitation measure, and limits exposure to litigation involving non-tenants. The measure also redefines what constitutes a reasonable auction sale as one that includes three or more bidders.
    Lisa Chiappetta, member of the national Self-Storage Association’s board of directors, has been instrumental in promoting the legislation. Wisconsin is one of several states working to improve obsolete self-storage lien laws during the 2010 session.

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    • February 19, 2010 11:09 AM | Melissa Huff (Administrator)

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    • February 16, 2010 10:38 PM | Melissa Huff (Administrator)

      Post from the SSA Monday Morning Memo dated 2/15/10

      Michigan First State in 2010 to Propose Sales Taxes on Services, Self Storage
      Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed last Thursday that the state sales tax be extended to consumer services, including "self-service storage," and the rate dropped from 6 percent to 5.5 percent. This isn't the first time self storage has been caught up in the Michigan budget mix. Two years ago officials also proposed a tax overhaul that expanded sales taxes to services, listing self storage among those businesses that would be affected. The Michigan SSA and national SSA, working with a group of other targeted sectors, successfully defeated the plan. With the new budget expected by the summer, the Governor's proposal will be the subject of heated debate in the months to come. The national SSA Legislative and Regulatory Advisory Committee voted to support the Michigan SSA with funding for the battle this spring. The SSA contends that self storage is the rental of real property and should not be subject to any sales tax. Last year Arkansas became the first state to repeal sales taxes on self storage. Read more by clicking here.

      Other recent legislative developments include:
      -  The SSA and California SSA met with Judiciary Committee reps last week and expect that state's lien improvement bill to be introduced in late April or early May. Last year the national and state associations worked to improve the current statute, which includes the troublesome "Declaration of Lien Opposition." The bill was tabled until this year when California's government became mired in a lengthy budget debate.
      - A hearing will be held on Wisconsin's lien improvement bill this coming Wednesday. The bill championed by the WI-SSA improves notification procedures.
      - A new law on Maine self storage privacy would hold operators harmless in the case of abandoned records, with certain provisions about transferring custody to a state authority/department. Last year the Maine SSA and national SSA successfully won a delay of the initial proposed law that would have put the onus on self storage companies. Legislators in the state's capital of Augusta seem resistant to imposing new regulations on small businesses, which may put any new law in doubt.
    • December 22, 2009 11:26 AM | Melissa Huff (Administrator)

      Post from the SSA Monday Morning Memo dated 12/14/09

      The SSA encourages its members to voice their opposition to "Tax Extenders Act of 2009."  Passed last week by the House of Representatives will more than double the taxes on carried interest received by general partners. Under this law, carried interest would no longer be taxed as capital gains at 15 percent, but as ordinary income at rates as high as almost 35 percent. The main proponent of the tax is Congressman Charles Rangel, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives.

      As the SSA has stated in various communiqué's in the past, H.R. 4123 affects all partnerships, and not just the Wall Street hedge funds whose practices originally gave rise to the proposal. If enacted into law, this proposal could be the largest modification to the taxation of real estate in more than 20 years, since the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

      The SSA joins representatives of other real estate sectors, including NAIOP, the National Apartment Association and others in urging its members to get involved. Please communicate with your Senator, letting them know that this tax increase on carried interest will further damage the commercial real estate industry and undermine efforts in their own communities to spur job growth and economic recovery. You can reach your representative by clicking here.


    • December 08, 2009 10:10 PM | Melissa Huff (Administrator)

      Our final meeting for 2009 was held in Memphis on November 17th with almost 50 in attendance. The presentation by Jim Gray of Storage Marketing Solutions (SMS) was very informative.  At the request of several of the attending owners, Derek Naylor, the founder of SMS, has committed to holding a webinar for our members in January. In this webinar he’ll discuss how to develop a marketing strategy and budget, internet and social media marketing and common marketing misconceptions.

      This was an important meeting as the 2010 Board of Directors was elected: President, Dee Sharp, William Knight Insurance, Knoxville (2010); Vice President, Melissa Roberts, Storage Depot, Dunlap (2010-2012); Secretary, Michael Haugh, Absolute Storage Management, Memphis (2010-2012); Treasurer, Anne Williams, Marcus & Millichap, Memphis (2010-2012); Stacey Gorman, Marcus & Millichap, Atlanta (2010); Nick Robbins, Southern Rib Roof, Memphis (2010); Frank Riley, U-Store-It, Memphis (2010); Sherry Cole, Storage Plus, Murfreesboro (2010-2012); Pat Conroy, Brentwood Investors Group, Nashville, (2010-2012); Ben Spina, Cedar Bluff Self Storage, Knoxville (2010-2012); David Woodard Secure Self Storage, Gallatin, (2010-2012); Todd Levy, Storage Structures, Atlanta (2010-2012); Britt Skrivanek, Betco, Nashville (2010-2012).

      Taking leadership of TNSSA committees are: Ben Spina - Communications Committee, Todd Levy - Events & Education, Melissa Roberts - Website, Sherry Cole - Legislative, and Britt Skrivanek - Membership. We want to thank each of the board members who have chosen to volunteer their time and effort to their new roles within our association. We welcome members to join these committees and become part of the changes that are planned for the future of TNSSA.

      Our next quarterly luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 16th in Chattanooga. Details regarding the time and location will be communicated soon through our website. Also, we are anticipating our new “Members Only” feature on our website to be completed and accessible in February.

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