Advocacy Efforts

The Self Storage Association of South Carolina works to protect the self storage facility industry in South Carolina through educating its members on current laws and regulations, and working to effect change legislatively.

Past legislative successes include updates to the Lien Laws and provision for self storage owners to sell insurance for units.

Self Storage facilities are governed by SC Code of Laws Title 39 Chapter 20.

Legislative Successes

Tenant-Insurance Legislation

The tenant-insurance legislation passed in 2015 allows operators to apply for a limited license granting them permission to sell insurance covering casualty loss of property and liability for personal injuries. Applications would cost $40 and need to be renewed biennially with the state’s department of insurance.

Lien Law Legislation

In 2014, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed an amended version of the state’s self-storage lien law (House Bill 3563) that enables facility operators to send tenant-delinquency notifications by e-mail and First-Class Mail, while updating other aspects of the lien process. The South Carolina Self Storage Association and the National Self Storage Association worked together on this effort.

Among other changes, the law establishes tenant delinquency at seven days past the rental due date. Customers will be able “opt in” on their rental agreement to receive late notifications via e-mail, which would waive their right to receive notices by courier or Certified Mail.