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 Maryland 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.
May 28, 2020
MDSSA Defeats Prince George’s County Bill
MDSSA is pleased to announced that it has successfully defeated a Prince George’s County bill that would have restricted lockouts, late fees, lien sales, and rent increases for self storage tenants. Earlier this week, the County Council completely removed self storage from the bill, which now deals only with residential rentals.
Many thanks to our longtime MDSSA lobbyist, Bruce Bereano, and the members who submitted opposition letters.
April 1, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
March 30, 2020
New MD Order Still Allows Self Storage Operations to Continue
Earlier today Governor Hogan issued a shelter-in-place order that expands on his previous order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses.
Self storage is still designated as an essential business and may remain open. Self storage operators in Maryland are encouraged to provide on-site employees with letters explaining the status of self storage as essential. A sample letter can be found here.
Per guidance from the Governor’s office, essential businesses must make every effort to scale down their operations in order to reduce the number of required staff, to limit interactions with customers, and to institute telework for as much of the workforce as is practical.
Please email Joe Doherty or Daniel Bryant with any questions.
March 24, 2020
New Maryland Price Gouging Law in Effect
On March 19, Governor Hogan signed HB 1663 into law, which limits cost increases for certain goods and services during the current coronavirus emergency. More specifically, it prohibits a retailer from increasing the sale or rental price of any good or service to a price that increases the retailer’s value of profit by more than 10%, including for the price of: food; fuel; water and ice; medicine; medical supplies and equipment; cleaning products; building supplies and equipment; energy sources; and storage space. The price restrictions are currently operative and will remain in effect until at least April 30, 2021. Until that date, unless modified or extended, MD-SSA members may not raise rental rates for current tenants or the “street rates” for prospective customers in a way that increases the operator’s value of profit more than 10%. Consultation with your legal counsel is strongly advised before altering rates.
The Maryland Self Storage Association, together with the national Self Storage Association, has been very successful in enacting its legislative agenda. However, vigilance remains an important posture as changes to current law, new regulations or other disruptive policy issues could be lurking.
Update 2.16.18: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
Starting on February 11, 2018, most Maryland employers will be required to provide sick leave to their employees. Last month, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Hogan's veto to pass the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act ("the Act"), Maryland's new paid sick leave law, click here for more information.