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,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the Baton Rouge area effected by the flooding. Many SSALA storage facilities and members, including President Lana Griffin, have been flooded out of their homes and businesses in this unprecedented flood.At a time like this, we can no longer look at the facility down the street as our competition, instead, we must look at them as our neighbors and fellow man. If you can safely help facilities that have experienced flooding, please do so. Do not go into areas with flooded streets and add to the chaos. Call the facility down the street and see if there is anything you can do to help. We will make it through this together! The link below is to a guide ( not legal advice) that may help facilities deal with their tenants who have been flooded.
At the close of the regular legislative sessions, Senator Barrow, (D) Baton Rouge, filed a Senate Resolution to have many aspects of our industry studied for a report to be provided Senate members prior to the start of the 2017 legislative session. See the full resolution here: SR 179 Senator Barrow of Baton Rouge. The SSALA is monitoring the progress of this resolution, and will report to members our findings.
Scott Zucker, the attorney for the national Self Storage Association, has completed the update to the SSALA lease that incorporates the lien sale law revisions signed into law earlier this year. This lease can be your best protection against lawsuits, making it one of the best investments your company can make this year. If you have the previous version of the SSALA lease, there is a nominal fee to send the revisions.