The only newspaper in my county has gone to an online-only version. Does this satisfy the Chapter 59 requirements for newspaper publications for auction sales? Also, we have other facilities in a neighboring county which does have a print newspaper. Can I publish my ads in the online version of this newspaper instead of the print version? What if there is no newspaper at all in the county?
The statute does not speak to online vs. print ads. In my opinion, as long as it is a newspaper of general circulation, online and print are both acceptable choices for publication. The statue requires your newspaper notices to be published, “Once in each of two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the self-service storage facility is located.” In my opinion, it would be ludicrous to argue, for example, that the online version of the
is less of a newspaper than the print version of the
, and it would also be ludicrous to argue that a print newspaper that went to online-only is any less of a newspaper (assuming it is still in general circulation in the county.) If in doubt, ask the newspaper to verify that its online newspaper is a newspaper of general circulation in your county. TSSA Form L-1 can be used to obtain this verification from your newspaper. If there is not a newspaper of general circulation in the county, neither online nor print, Chapter 59 allows you to instead post a copy of the notice at the self-service storage facility and at least five other conspicuous locations near the facility.
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