The SSALA Fall Expo 2017 was a great success, with more in attendance than ever! New Officers were introduced, including new SSALA President Sean Landry, Vice-President Lonnie Bickford, Secretary Ben Evans, and Treasurer Shaun Ferguson. Our guest speakers, Anne Ballard and Scott Zucker, gave extremely well received presentations, and we thank them for joining us in Baton Rouge!
The SSALA Board sends its heartfelt concerns to our fellow self storage operators and citizens in south Texas. After the historic flooding last year in the Shreveport/Bossier City areas of north Louisiana and in Baton Rouge, we have been there and know what you are going thru. That’s why so many people of our “Cajun Navy” are in Houston now – giving back the help that was given them last year.
Please text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 through the American Red Cross.
The SSALA Fall Expo will be in Baton Rouge, November 08, 2017. Vendor registration has begun, and we are looking for Event Sponsors. We are happy to once again be at the newly remodeled Holiday Inn South. Special rooms are available – book soon to get the best rates. Click the link below for information and registration forms.
The Board of the SSALA is very excited to announce our headliners for the Fall Expo 2017 in Baton Rouge, November 8th. Ann Ballard, The Hat Lady, and Scott Zucker, counsel for the national Self Storage Association, will be bringing their many years of experience and expertise in the storage industry to share with our members. We are also extremely excite to have Natalie Bragg speak on understanding Millennials in the work place. This is a very enlightening presentation that promises to help you understand how to attract, AND retain, a younger staff. We’ll see you there!
The SSALA’s Spring Luncheon has been scheduled for April 19, 2017 at Ralph & Kacoo’s in Bossier City. We have some great speakers lined up, with topics including auditing a facility, criminal activity prevention training, and a Q & A on the changes to the lien sale laws last year. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Fall Expo 2016 was a huge success! There were a record number of attendees, more first time attendees, and more vendors than ever! Ann Parham and Scott Zucker, our featured speakers, delivered great insight and advise during their presentations, and the SSALA received positive reviews on all our other speakers, as well. We thank all of our Gold level vendor sponsors for their help in keeping these events affordable!
A Special thanks go out to Wanda Cox, our Executive Director, who made this whole convention possible, while standing in 2 feet of water in her flooded Baton Rouge facility. We could not have down this without her heroic efforts!!
This year’s Expo is more relevant than ever, and more important! Scott Zucker, attorney to the national SSA, will go through all the changes made to the Louisiana Self Storage Facilities Act, making sure you understand how the changes have simplified the lien sale process, and ensure you are in compliance. This is a seminar you can’t afford to miss! It is that important!
Follow the link below for information on getting licensed with the state to do limited lines tenant insurance at you facilities.
By Walt Handelsman of the Baton Rouge The Advocate newspaper
The Association has received numerous calls from members whose facilities have been impacted by the flooding asking how to get tenants to move out of the flooded units for cleanup purposes. One of our Association Directors spoke with Scott Zucker, an attorney associated with the national SSA, about the current flood situation. Scott suggested that you get your Liability Coverage company involved in what you do AFTER the flood waters go down. For units that have flood damage and tenants are not responding to your efforts to contact them requesting that they empty their unit (when safe to do so) or sign abandonment documents, the facility is faced with having to cut locks and discard flood damaged items for the protection of the facility. Scott stated that ‘wet’ units are not like fire damaged units, in that water damaged units can be repaired. The disposal of ‘wet’ items without the tenants approval could open the door for a liability situation, so you want your insurance provider involved in the decision process from the beginning. You also want your insurance provider to be part of the decision to enter the unit to inspect for potential mold or corrosion issues, which are a real concern for owners and the insurance provider. Always take pictures, have documentation and get your insurance providers involved early.
Also remember that it is NOT your place to tell your tenants that their “Tenant Insurance “ does not cover flooding. Let their insurance provider speak for themselves. If you have any questions please contact Wanda Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 774-2117.
Our prayers are with you and all the families that have been impacted by this unprecedented flooding event,