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New Hampshire Legislature Considers Updated Self-Storage Lien Law
Senate Bill 192 is sponsored by state senator David Watters and co-sponsored by representative John Hunt

February 18, 2019: The New Hampshire Self Storage Association (NHSSA) and the national Self Storage Association have written an update to the state’s self-storage lien law. The update would enable facility operators to send sale notifications via e-mail, conduct lien sales online, place value limits on stored items, charge late fees, and tow motor vehicles from spaces that go unpaid.

The bill would replace the state’s current lien law, which is outdated. “The lien law was originally passed in 1999 and does not account for technological and operational changes that have occurred in the last 20 years. Several of the changes have been implemented in nearby states, such as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.” Said by NHSSA officials in a released statement.

The updated lien law allows the use of e-mail for sending sale notifications and holding auctions on a publicly accessible website. Any proceeds remaining after the delinquency total is met must be held for 90 days for any lienholders of record or the tenant. If proceeds of an in-person or online auction are not enough to satisfy the tenant’s debt, the customer will remain liable to the facility owner for the amount owed, according to the bill.

As per the updated law, the measure would allow operators to set a maximum value of stored contents in their rental agreements. The value limit mentioned in the lease would be considered as the maximum value of stored property in the unit and the maximum liability for any claims. SB 192 also allows self-storage operators to have stored vehicles towed after default surpasses 30 days.

If passed the bill, it would take effect after 90 days. The NHSSA is hopeful the new law can be implemented this spring. The bill was introduced on January 3.