relating to commerce; updating the laws regulating liens on personal property in self-storage;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 514.971, subdivisions 2, 8, by adding a subdivision; 514.972, subdivision 4; 514.973; 514.974; 514.975.
Self-service storage facility.
"Self-service storage facility" means real property that is designed and used only for renting or leasing individual storage space in the facility under the following conditions:
(1) the occupants have access to their individual storage space only for the purpose of storing and removing their personal property;
(2) the owner does not issue a warehouse receipt, bill of lading, or other document of title for the personal property stored in the storage space; and
(3) the property has two or more individual storage spaces.
The term does not include a garage used principally for parking motor vehicles or any property of a financial institution that contains vaults, safe deposit boxes, or other receptacles for the uses, purposes, and benefits of the financial institution's customers.
514.973 ENFORCEMENT OF LIEN.
An owner's lien established under sections 514.970 to 514.979 for a claim that has become due must be enforced in the same manner as warehouse's liens under section 336.7-210.
514.974 ADDITIONAL NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT.
In addition to the requirements of section 336.7-210, the Notification of the proposed sale of personal property must include a notice of denial of access to the personal property until the owner's claim has been satisfied. Any notice the owner is required to mail to the occupant under sections 514.970 to 514.979 shall be sent to
the mailing address and the alternate mailing address provided by the occupant in the rental agreement.
514.975 RENTAL AGREEMENTS.
The rental agreement between the owner and the occupant must include a disclosure of the lien rights of the owner upon failure of the occupant to pay rent including the right to deny access to certain personal property contained in the self-service storage facility, and the extent and the limits of insurance carried by the owner covering the occupant's personal property stored in the leased premises. A rental agreement may not exempt an owner from liability for damages to an occupant's personal property caused by the owner's negligence. The rental agreement must request the occupant to insert an alternate mailing address.