The national SSA has many resources and webinars available focused on COVID-19 and our industry. Click here to access news about COVID-19 and self storage. Invitations to register for the webinars are being sent to state and national members, specifically, the primary contact's email address.
For the latest information from Iowa on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the governor’s office website and your state’s department of health here. Be sure to carefully monitor the situation and check on updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov, regulatory agencies as well as local health officials.
Please also read the letter from Tim Dietz, SSA President and CEO, that provides resources and information related to states of emergency and pricing restrictions here.
Iowa OSHA Fines Storage Operator
The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently conducted in on-site inspection of an Iowa Self Storage Association member, resulting in an initial fine of nearly $40,000. Please review the information below carefully; what may seem to be a fairly routine oversight can lead to a hefty fine. IASSA Members - Click HERE to read the full article and recommendations in the member only library.
Not an IASSA member, join HERE to read more about this issue and for member only access to important news and information to protect your business.
BUILDING CODES UPDATE
Changes to the International Building Code Affect Self Storage
With the support of its Code Committee, the Self Storage Association successfully pursued several key changes to the 2021 International Building Code.
- An exception has been added to IBC Section 2902.3.3 to permit an increase in the location (to greater than every other floor) and maximum distance of travel (to greater than 500 ft) for restrooms. The location and travel distance must be approved by the code official.
- The maximum allowable height of sprinklered facilities made of Type IIB materials (unprotected steel) and Type IIIB materials (noncombustible or fire-retardant-treated wood stud exterior walls and any interior construction) has been increased from 3 stories to 4 stories. The Code continues to have total floor and building square footage limits.
- Pursuant to modified IBC Section 903.2.9, storage facilities are exempt from the automatic sprinkler system requirement if: (1) the total fire area is 12,000 sq. ft. or less; (2) the combined total fire areas are 24,000 sq. ft. or less; (3) the facility is no greater than one story above grade plane; and (4) all storage spaces are accessed directly from the exterior.
These changes go into effect as they are adopted by local and state governments over the next several years. Prior to the adoption on the local and state level, storage developers can request that the code official rely on the 2021 changes as acceptable alternative methods of construction pursuant to section 104.11 of the existing International Building Code.
Please email Joe Doherty with any questions or to receive supporting documentation for these changes.
Disaster Readiness Resources
As an IASSA member you have access to a large library of information, resources and legal help related to preparing and navigating through disasters.
Click here to access the complete library on the national SSA website. Topics include:
Price Gouging Laws
Water and Humidity
Legal Help, Self Storage Legal Network , Affiliate Plan
Communication Plan and More!
Click here for your state’s emergency management agency.
03/30/2020 - New Leave Law to Impact Storage Industry, Effective April 1
As reported last week, the new federal leave law takes effect on April 1. Employers must provide notice to their employees immediately if they have not done so already. The notice can be found here.
SSA’s updated FAQs can be found here. The updated FAQs answer questions on issues such as the posting requirements for the notice and the limited exemption available to employers with fewer than 50 employees.
The Department of Labor’s complete FAQs can be found here.
Employers are strongly encouraged to discuss the new law with their legal counsel. Please email Joe Doherty, email@example.com, with any questions.
Iowa Legislature Passes Overhaul of Storage Lien Law Goes Into Effect on July 1, 2019
Go to https://www.selfstorage.org/Products-Services/Public-Library for the new lien law
The overhaul adopts several important changes, including:
• allowing lien notices to be sent exclusively by verified mail or email;
• expressly allowing online lien sales;
• providing for alternatives to newspaper advertising of lien sales;
• providing for simplified vehicle towing;
• recognizing contractual limitations on the value of stored property; and
• setting a late fee safe harbor of $20 or 20 percent, whichever is greater.
• Notably, in light of the recent floods in Iowa, the new law requires operators to disclose in the rental agreement if the facility is in a special flood hazard area as defined by FEMA.