Inside Self-Storage

DEC 2018

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NEWS Out of the Ordinary A manager at Safeguard Self Storage in Miramar, Fla., was forced to defend herself when a man jumped over the off ce counter and demanded that she give him her "panties." Jacqueline Crawford told a 911 dispatcher that Carlos Rawlins cornered her behind the counter, where she kicked at him to prevent him from getting closer. Two customers who entered the off ce during the incident helped Crawford f ght off her attacker, according to the police report. A resident manager at a SecurCare Self Storage facility in Tulsa, Okla., was assaulted during a burglary. The woman, who was shoved during the incident, was taken to a local hospital. She called police after spotting two men on the facility's video feed and heard them banging on storage-unit doors. A police dog found one suspect, but the other got away. Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a unit at Rochester Self Storage in Rochester, N.H. The woman was identif ed as Jessica Purslow, 45, and her death was classif ed as "suspicious" pending an autopsy. Self-storage auction buyers Tarina Keenan and Roger Overstreet were surprised when they discovered that 26 paintings inside a unit they paid $45 for were signed by well-known 20th-century artists Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. The couple acquired the contents during a lien sale at Winter's Mini Storage in Vinton, Va., but any thoughts of fortune have been tempered by the artworks' connection to the "J. Brennerman Collection," a controversial assortment whose pieces are believed to be fakes by art experts. A self-storage zoning request made by professional wrestler and businessman Paul Lee was denied by Catoosa, Ga., County Commissioners. The application was also unanimously rejected by the county's planning and zoning commission. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously upheld the state's ban on corporate donations to political candidates, ruling against Michael Kane, owner of 126 Self Storage and Rick Green, owner of 1A Auto. The business owners brought the lawsuit against the state's campaign-f nance agency in 2015 over a provision that allows unions to contribute up to $15,000 but bars businesses from making political donations. Insurance Issues Delaware became the 30th state to either establish a self-storage limited-lines insurance license or provide a statutory exemption from licensing. Under Senate Bill 184, self-storage owners as well as their employees and other company representatives can get a limited license authorizing them to sell tenant insurance. The law went into effect on Nov. 13. The Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) issued cease-and-desist orders to stop self-storage operators from offering tenant-protection plans to customers. The LDI contends the plans are insurance products that should be sold under a license, according the national Self Storage Association (SSA), which shared the information in an Oct. 1 newsletter to members. "The orders are inconsistent with court decisions in California and Kentucky that ruled in favor of tenant-protection plans and held that they are not insurance," SSA off cials said. "It is expected that the orders will be appealed. The orders do not affect facilities licensed by the [LDI] to sell tenant insurance." 10 ISS I December 2018

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