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18 Sep 2023

Self Storage | SCRA Checklist | Guide to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act


Greta Tasedan

Union Realtime

Self Storage: Which protections exist under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act?

A self-storage owner or operators most valuable asset is their space - so what happens when a tenant falls seriously behind in monthly payments and can’t be found? Typically, a situation like this triggers the start of a “lien” process, which allows the self storage owner or operator to cut off locks and sell the contents of delinquent storage units, in an attempt to recoup their losses. While this is often the correct way to go about the process, what happens if you accidentally sell off the unit of a military customer on active deployment? You’ll want to read on to avoid discovering this well after the fact, when the unit contents are well and truly gone.

You followed all the legal policies and procedures for a legal sale of a delinquent unit. This isn’t your fault right? WRONG. You could be in for any number of penalties under the protections offered to our military service members under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Let’s dig a bit deeper into what the ServiceMembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is, and how to make sure you don’t violate it. Speaking of legalities, I am not a lawyer, and nothing below should be taken as legal advice. For specific legal advice, see our referral at the end of the article, or find your own lawyer!

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Penalties for Violating the SCRA for Self Storage Owners

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Is the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act only aimed at self storage facilities?

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Your Self Storage Customer May Protected Under SCRA if They:

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SCRA Checklist | How to Determine if a Self Storage Renter is Protected by the SCRA

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What happens if the DOJ has no record of a service member?

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Final Thoughts for Self Storage Owners on the SCRA

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Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is intended to be taken as legal advice. I am not an attorney. Contact a professional if you have any questions!

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