Jul 122010

The storage of boats, RVs, cars and other vehicles has become an exciting and often profitable service at many self-storage facilities, offering longer rental commitments with little additional maintenance expense. Unfortunately, with these benefits comes some burden for operators. Without careful planning, the profit center can quickly become a great risk for loss.
Vehicle storage is […]

May 192010

Even if you have a solid rental agreement for your self-storage operation, the verbiage can become outdated and require minor adjustments. Fortunately, you can make small changes to your agreement without making substantial modification to the landlord/tenant relationship.
This article doesn’t focus on large rental-agreement changes; nor does it explore small changes to the rules and […]

Jan 292010

The self-storage industry recently suffered another high-dollar wrongful-sale verdict in the case of Dubey v. Public Storage, the third lien-sale case in a year with a notable verdict or high award.  It’s time to conclude that lien sales, if not done properly, pose a huge risk of exposure to your business, both financially and from a […]

Dec 012009

It is no secret that the economy is not in good shape. Particularly financing, including the commercial finance market, has tanked. As such, self-storage operators are finding themselves faced more and more with business occupants who go out of business. Self-storage owners are finding themselves in a position where either business that previously stored documents […]

Nov 012009

Recently I was contacted by a self-storage facility that had a break-in, over 50 units were affected and the owner expressed concern over media coverage of this event and how it would effect their business. I realized I had never written an article for ISS about being ready to deal with the media in the […]