The hearing on the harmful Miami-Dade paint ordinance has been delayed. Following sustained opposition from the self storage community, the Miami-Dade Commissioner sponsoring the ordinance agreed to a voluntary deferral (for now). The SSA and Florida SSA expect meetings with the Commissioner shortly, with a rescheduled hearing possible in March. Stay tuned to your email, floridassa.org, and selfstorage.org for further updates and opportunities to voice your opposition. Thank you to the SSA/FSSA’s members who contacted us and planned to become involved in this unwarranted threat.
Urgent News for the Self Storage Community in Florida
February 8, 2019
Legislative Alert: Proposed New Painting Requirements in Miami-Dade County
The national Self Storage Association and Florida Association encourage their South Florida members to oppose a potentially damaging ordinance that will be considered at a Miami-Dade County Commission hearing this Tuesday, February 12th at 2:00 pm. The costly ordinance, an example of extreme government overreach, would require exterior walls of all storage facilities in the county to be painted in “subtle, earth-toned, neutral, or historical colors from a major paint manufacturer’s historical palette.” Further, the requirements would be retroactive with non-conforming properties to be repainted within no more than two years. The proposed ordinance would also require 30% of the exterior walls on new facilities to be fenestrated with windows.
The proposed ordinance is scheduled for a committee hearing on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. The hearing begins at 2:00 p.m. at 111 N.W. 1st Street, Miami, FL. We urge affected operators, builders, and vendors to attend the meeting. Each speaker will have two minutes to address the committee. Click here for the proposed ordinance.
The last 10 years have brought significant changes to self storage lien laws. Forty-nine states now have such laws, with Alaska still living up to its nickname of the Last Frontier. Much of the industry’s focus lately has been on modernizing laws adopted in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s to account for technological and operational changes that have come along since the laws’ initial adoption.
The significance of these laws cannot be overstated. They provide a non-judicial process for operators to enforce lien rights when a tenant fails to pay and often provide additional statutory protections for common provisions in rental agreements. Many industries would love to have laws that permit them to expeditiously enforce their rights. Imagine for a moment if you had to file a lawsuit every time you wanted to enforce your lien rights—as a Louisiana state senator tried to force on operators in her state earlier this year. The industry would look dramatically different if not for self storage lien laws.
Why has the industry had so many legislative successes? Because we are fortunate to have a dedicated group of members and state associations working alongside SSA’s staff to pursue the modernization of these lien laws, the adoption of tenant insurance licensing for self storage businesses, and several other legislative and regulatory efforts for our industry.