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TSSA Offering Plenty of Opportunities to Learn About New Texas Lien Law

Jul 01, 2011

by Ginny Sutton, TSSA Executive Director

Have you heard that Texas has a newly revised self-storage lien law? TSSA patiently worked during the legislative session and anxiously waited, and Governor Rick Perry signed the bill we supported into law with an effective date of January 1 of next year.

So, we have six months to teach members what has changed in the statute, and to explain how the changes will change the process when they have to foreclose upon delinquent customers, an unfortunate part of the self-storage business.

It is fairly easy to get the key points of changes made to the law, but naturally members want to know specifically how the changes affect their current practices, and they'll have questions.

How will we reach out to owners and managers of more than 3,300 member facilities to help them comply with the new law?  In a number of different ways:

1)  The TSSA magazine.  We have been using the TSSA magazine to keep members in the loop throughout the legislative process, and will continue to do so. Reading my article on page 4 of the July issue of the Self Storage News will give you a good general idea of the changes brought about by the bill.

2)  Our website, www.txssa.org. As the new statute is lined out over the coming weeks, and our attorney and chief lobbyist Connie Heyer begins writing articles about the changes, we will post them for members.

3)  The monthly e-newsletter.  Members with e-mail will continue to receive the Monthly Update with links to materials as they are published.

4)  Detailed instructions in the Legal Update legal newsletter we publish twice a year. The next one will mail to members in November.

5)  A special preview webinar on July 26 featuring Heyer, the person who was there through every step of the legislative process.

6)  A free archive of that webinar available 24/7 to members in the Members Only section as of July 27, and finally

7)  At TSSA’s 25th anniversary convention in Austin, via a special legal seminar on October 17.

So members need not worry that they will be ill prepared to take advantage of the positive elements of this new law while still being sure they are doing everything they need to do to keep from being sued.

The dust is still settling on this year’s legislative session, and frankly those of us involved in the process are all taking a breather (and long-awaited vacations), but over the coming months we will provide multiple opportunities for members to learn all they need to know, and to answer the inevitable questions that will arise.

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