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YOUR LATEST NEWS & RESOURCES

We have compiled the latest news and resources related to the self storage industry in your state.

COVID-19

The national SSA has many resources and webinars available focused on COVID-19 and our industry.  Click here to access news about COVID-19 and self storage Invitations to register for the webinars are being sent to state and national members, specifically, the primary contact's email address.

For the latest information from Nevada on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the governor’s office website and your state’s department of health here. Be sure to carefully monitor the situation and check on updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov, regulatory agencies as well as local health officials. 

Please also read the letter from Tim Dietz, SSA President and CEO, that provides resources and information related to states of emergency and pricing restrictions here.  

March 30, 2020 - NV Governor’s orders affects self storage operations

On March 29, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued an executive order barring lockouts as well as commercial evictions and foreclosures. The order also prohibits landlords from charging late fees for nonpayment. The order took effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. 

Nevada operators should be aware of the order’s effects on lockouts, late fees, and lien sales as many tenants have rent coming due on April 1. While the Governor’s order is in effect, Nevada members are strongly encouraged to communicate with their legal counsel before locking out tenants (including overlocking units or suspending gate access), imposing late fees, or conducting lien sales. 

The order provides only narrow exceptions to the bans on evictions and foreclosures. First, the order “does not prohibit the eviction of persons who seriously endanger the public or other residents, engage in criminal activity, or cause significant damage to the property.” Second, the order does not prohibit “the continuation of any eviction or foreclosure action or proceeding predating” the Governor’s March 12 declaration of emergency.

As a reminder, NVSSA members have access to basic consultation with attorney Jason Sifers as part of their membership.

March 23, 2020 - NV Governor Allows Storage Businesses to Remain Open During State of Emergency

Governor Sisolak ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses. The order allows, but does not require, self storage businesses to remain open.

Storage is listed as an essential business in a memo accompanying the Governor’s order.

For businesses that remain open, the Nevada Health Response Center maintains that all employees and patrons ensure that 6 feet of social distancing per person for non-household members is maintained at all times. In addition, businesses should:

  1. Remind employees of best hygiene practices, including washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing per CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection guidance of all hard surfaces, including tables and countertops that are being utilized by employees and patrons during pickup/delivery options.
  3. Encourage employees to work remotely or telecommute, if possible.

Please email Joe Doherty with any questions.

Visit the NVSSA website for meeting updates and more COVID-19 information.

 

 

 

Legislative Efforts

 

We have a history of success in enacting positive change for our members. In the past, we have expanded upon the notification options available to facility operators while also updating vehicle lien laws, saving Nevada self storage business owners unnecessary expenses. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

 

NEVADA DATA PRIVACY LAW

Nevada recently passed Senate Bill 220 (SB 220), which amends the state’s existing data privacy law and takes effect on October 1, 2019. SB 220 grants consumers the power to direct businesses to not sell their data. Read the full memo HERE and make sure you are in compliance. 

 

Changes to the International Building Code Affect Self Storage - March 2019

With the support of its Code Committee, the Self Storage Association successfully pursued several key changes to the 2021 International Building Code. 

  1. An exception has been added to IBC Section 2902.3.3 to permit an increase in the location (to greater than every other floor) and maximum distance of travel (to greater than 500 ft) for restrooms.  The location and travel distance must be approved by the code official.
  2. The maximum allowable height of sprinklered facilities made of Type IIB materials (unprotected steel) and Type IIIB materials (noncombustible or fire-retardant-treated wood stud exterior walls and any interior construction) has been increased from 3 stories to 4 stories.  The Code continues to have total floor and building square footage limits. 
  3. Pursuant to modified IBC Section 903.2.9, storage facilities are exempt from the automatic sprinkler system requirement if: (1) the total fire area is 12,000 sq. ft. or less; (2) the combined total fire areas are 24,000 sq. ft. or less; (3) the facility is no greater than one story above grade plane; and (4) all storage spaces are accessed directly from the exterior. 

These changes go into effect as they are adopted by local and state governments over the next several years.  Prior to the adoption on the local and state level, storage developers can request that the code official rely on the 2021 changes as acceptable alternative methods of construction pursuant to section 104.11 of the existing International Building Code.

Please email Joe Doherty with any questions or to receive supporting documentation for these changes.

Limited Lines Insurance Bill - May 2019

Our bill authorizing facilities to sell self storage insurance overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate in 2019; the bill is awaiting signature from the Governor. 

 

The NVSSA is currently looking into legislative updates to your lien law. Among the included possible changes are the introduction of limited lines insurance and standardized late fees as well as giving operators the choice as to where they can advertise auctions. 

 

Please click here to view bill SB 385 regarding limited line insurance authorization.

 

 

 
 

 

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