APRIL 2020
Self-Storage Report Monthly Newsletter
Coronavirus Resources

Along with the recently posted article, Self-Storage Evictions & Foreclosures During the COVID-19 Crisis by TSSA legal counsel Connie Heyer, TSSA has hosted three webinars on coronavirus and its impact on self storage in Texas. We hosted a two-part webinar series where owners/operators discuss evolving best practices and adjusting for survival during the COVID-19 crisis. We also have a webinar featuring three attorneys from Foley & Lardner, LLP, that details the programs available through the CARES and FFCRA Act. In addition to articles and webinars, we also have forms, signs, sample emails and more.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, TSSA decided to pause the shipping of the 2020-2021 TSSA Goldbook ©. The Goldbooks © have been printed and are ready to ship when members have returned to their workplaces. In the meantime, you can access the new Goldbook © at txssa.org. Login to your account, then go to the Members Only section and click on Goldbook© to view. The digital version is searchable by page and keyword, making it easy to navigate. You can also access TSSA forms in fillable PDF format in the Members Only section of the website. Contact us at info@txssa.org or 888-259-4902 if you have trouble accessing your account.
Property Tax Webinar

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we've decided to present the cancelled Austin luncheon topic as a webinar available to all TSSA members. And the timing couldn't be better with valuation statements going out. Learn how to successfully protest to lower your tax liability. There is no charge to members for this webinar. Grab your lunch and join us!

Date/Time: May 7 @ 11:00 a.m.
Topic: Battling Property Taxes: Understanding Your Valuation & How to Protest
Speaker: Taylor Vaughn, Delta Propert y Tax Advisors
Sponsor: A-Lert Building Systems
Finding creative ways to abide by social distancing requirements is the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic, and with that, the TSSA e-Lease makes no-contact leasing simple. It is the online version of the TSSA Lease that has been developed to work with 13 storage management software platforms.

If you would like to switch to the TSSA e-Lease , please follow the link below to place your order and schedule a remote installation.
TSSA Legal Update
by TSSA Legal Counsel Connie Heyer
When self-storage legal issues get sticky, TSSA Legal Counsel Connie Heyer answers questions from members. In this issue, she addresses live auction rules about calling in and taking pictures, guardianship and power of attorney, divorces, court judgements and how to fix lease mistakes.
Cybersecurity Tune-Up
by Taressa Dominguez, TSSA Director of Education & Marketing
As more and more self-storage facilities conduct business online and are shifting to no-contact leasing due to the public health crisis, the need for cybersecurity is at an all-time high and only increasing....

Austin Legal Seminar

The Austin Legal Seminar has been rescheduled for June 26. It's time for owner-operators and managers to learn how they can avoid legal trouble. Attend the last legal seminar of the year.

If you've never attended a TSSA legal seminar, now is the time to become an expert. Hundreds of members have told us it was the lifeline they needed and learning this information saved them countless problems and ultimately saved them money.

The legal seminar is just the place to learn about legal updates, review lien and eviction procedures and understand new additions to the TSSA Goldbook ©.
TSSA Events

We have secured the locations and dates for TSSA's annual Executive Retreat and Big Ideas in Storage Conference! It's time to gather together again to network, learn and grow, so save these dates!

Executive Retreat
August 13-14, 2020
JW Marriott
Austin, TX

Big Ideas in Storage Conference
October 11-13, 2020
Fort Worth Convention Center
Fort Worth, TX
We have a woman who wants to sign a lease for a unit on behalf of her husband. Is this okay?

No. You should never allow anyone to sign on behalf of anyone else unless 1) that person has a power of attorney for the person for whom they are signing or 2) that person provides you with proof that they have the authority to sign on behalf of an entity, such as a corporation. There may be other cases that warrant an exception, but you’d be well advised to contact your attorney for advice in other cases. If someone does not have the legal right to sign on behalf of the tenant, you will most likely not be able to hold the tenant liable under the lease.

We're Here to Help!
TSSA's staff is working hard to support our members—from home! As we get through this challenging time and questions arise, reach out to us. We are still here for you, same as before! 

Contact us if you have any questions at info@txssa.org or 888-259-4902.