Md. bill would shorten notice before self-storage containers emptied

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Local,Maryland,Andy Brownfield

ANNAPOLIS -- The Maryland Senate is set to vote Friday on a bill that would allow the owners of self-storage facilities to empty the containers of renters who are behind on their payments.

The measure was not voted on Thursday after senators raised concerns about provisions of the bill requiring self-storage facility owners give less notice before seizing and emptying containers of delinquent renters.

Owners currently must give renters two separate notices, and the final one must be by certified mail. The bill would require only one notice and it could be sent by email. It also would allow late fees of $20 a month or 20 percent of the monthly rent, whichever is greater. The contents of the storage space would be sold after 90 days to allow owners to recoup the delinquent rent.

"What if that [email] goes to your spam folder?" asked Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery County. "This bill deals with facilities that hold people's dearest possessions, sometimes everything they own."

The bill was carried over due to the objections of Frosh and other senators, but cannot be amended again before it is voted on.

abrownfield@washingtonexaminer.com

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