The Utah Self Storage Association, together with the national Self Storage Association, is working on a number of issues to protect and improve your regulatory arena. In 2013, the UTSSA successfully updated several lien law provisions, providing consistency with statues in other states. The fairly new law (SB 182) became effective on March 23, 2013, the updates to the current law are listed below:
Utah Lien Law
- Permits lien notices to be sent by either verified mail (any method of mailing that provides evidence of mailing) or electronic mail. Email must be sent by a method that provides a receipt of delivery.
- Permits the towing of vehicles, boats and trailers when rent is 60 or more days past due. The towing must be conducted by an insured towing company. Owner must send notice providing contact information of towing company within one day of towing the property. Owner shall have no liability for loss of or damage to vehicle, boat or trailer once it is towed.
- Modified the requirement to publish two notices in a newspaper of general circulation; now you must publish only once.
- If a rental agreement states a maximum, aggregate value of the personal property that may be stored at the occupant’s storage space, the occupant may not assert that the value of the personal property actually stored at the occupant’s storage space exceeds the maximum amount stated in the rental agreement.