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Iowa has more than 750 self storage facilities, serving a statewide population of 3.15 million (2018). The Iowa Self Storage Association has helped spearhead several changes to lien laws in Iowa but some priorities remain.

In 2019, the Iowa SSA was successful in our efforts to remove outdated and archaic lien laws from the books. For example, operators were once required to send official correspondence by certified mail, a process costing an excessive amount of both time and money. Siding with the industry, and the recognition that more modern methods are available, the state legislature of Iowa agreed that certified mail was no longer the most assured method of guaranteeing contact with a delinquent customer, now allowing verified mail and in some cases, email notifications. Other recent changes include the ability to charge $20 or 20 percent in late fees, whichever is greater, contractual value limitations and simpler methods for disposing of a vehicle in a lien situation.

The Iowa SSA is ever vigilant in protecting the industry from unnecessary laws or regulations. If you have questions or concerns regarding the industry’s relationship with the government, please feel free to contact us.

Certified Mail

Eliminates the requirement to send lien notifications via certified mail and allows notice to be sent by "verified mail."

Newspaper Advertising

This effort seeks to eliminate or modify the requirement to publish auction notices "in a newspaper of general circulation," as opposed to simply posting online.

Vehicles & Watercraft

Allows the operator to dispose of abandoned vehicles and watercraft more expeditiously, when a tenant has failed to pay.

Email Notifications

Provides operators with the ability to email lien notifications and other official communications.

Contractual Value Limitations

Provides legal protection for contractual limits on the amount or value of contents in a storage unit.

Late Fee Standardization

An industry-wide effort to standardize late fees in the amount of $20 or 20 percent, whichever is greater.

Limited Lines Insurance

Allows licensed operators to sell stored property insurance to their tenants.

Building Codes

Monitoring and/or amending reasonable building code requirements for the industry.

Online Auctions

Provides operators with the ability to hold auctions online as opposed to at your facility.

Reach Out

Please reach out to us if you have an issue or want to notify us about an issue within the self storage community.





The Iowa Self Storage Association, together with the national Self Storage Association has worked on a number of issues to protect and improve the laws that apply to self storage facilities.

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