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Self Storage Law

Do not let a lawsuit shut the door on your storage businesses.

More Than Boxes In A Room

Storage company owners have a spectrum of duties and legal liabilities to consider. Each situation requires astute legal guidance to avoid unnecessary lawsuits. Our attorneys routinely handle a range of self storage issues, including:

  • Wrongful sale claims under Lien Law 182
  • Nonpayment
  • Personal injury claims
  • Property damage claims
  • Auction terms and conditions
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Conversion claims
  • Eviction proceedings

Joseph Miller practices extensively in self storage law in New York state, lecturing frequently at New York Self Storage Association meetings and reviewing proposed self storage legislation. Our firm also provides due diligence analysis to self storage companies looking to protect their assets ahead of potential legal issues.

Nonpayment and Other Violations

Self storage tenants who fail to pay rent on time are violating the terms of the contract. This is one of the most common forms of breach of contract actions. It is important to know what your options are when your tenants do not pay or when you face other conflicts, including those involving:

  • Cleanliness
  • What items may be stored
  • Notice for moving out
  • When facility managers can enter the unit
  • When facility managers can lock out tenants
  • Late payments and other fees

We can evaluate your occupancy agreement to modify it to address all possible tenant-related situations.

Wrongful Sale Claims

Tenants who store belongings at a self storage facility expect to retain full possession of their belongings, which is as it should be as long as rent is paid and no lien is enforced. However, there are situations where a tenant’s unit may be overlocked for non-payment of rent. If the unit is erroneously overlocked and the contents of the unit sold at a lien sale a lawsuit based on a wrongful sale will inevitably follow. Our attorneys routinely defend wrongful sale claims, often obtaining dismissal of the case or limiting liability to an amount set forth in the occupancy agreement. Our success is not only due to our skill as litigators, but our intimate familiarity with New York self storage law. We are able to see issues and arguments that may be missed by an attorney not as experienced in litigating such claims. We also have a vested interest in protecting the entire industry. We are acutely aware of how an outcome in one case could affect the law in New York for the entire industry.

Contact A Firm That Knows Self Storage Law

This is a specific area of law that not every firm is prepared to handle. If you have a self storage business and legal questions, either about an existing lawsuit or about how to prevent problems, give us a call. You can reach our office at 914-874-5105, or use our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation.