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The bill provides a late fee safe harbor, expressly allows online auctions, and provides flexibility for advertising lien sales. The bill now heads to a vote by the full House.
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BUILDING CODES UPDATEChanges to the International Building Code Affect Self StorageWith 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 ...
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October 09, 2020 11:25 AMOvertime Pay Requirements Coming to PennsylvaniaPennsylvania recently published a final rule that will increase the minimum amount a salaried employee must be paid (among other requirements) in order to be exempt from overtime compensation, beginning in October 2021. Pennsylvania employers, including PASSA members, should review the rule now to prepare for changes to employee compensation.While Pennsylvania’s new overtime rule sets a new overtime pay threshold for ...
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Health Department Order Mandates Protective MeasuresThe Pennsylvania Secretary of Health issued an order that mandates self storage operators and other essential businesses implement protective measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The order took effect on April 19.Pennsylvania operators are strongly encouraged to read the full text of the order here. The order requires businesses that have maintained in-person operations to do the following, in addition to several other requirement...
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Thanks to your assistance, House Bill 1756 passed the House unanimously!The bill is now in the state Senate.We need to act quickly to ensure that the bill reaches Governor Wolf.You can help in two ways:  Please call or email the state Senator(s) for your home and business. Your message is simply: tell them who you are and ask them to support HB1756. Please contribute to PASSA’s political action committee by sending a PERSONAL check to:PA Self Storage PAC, 908 N 2nd Street, Harrisburg,...
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New Overtime Pay Requirements Coming to PennsylvaniaPennsylvania recently published a final rule that will increase the minimum amount a salaried employee must be paid (among other requirements) in order to be exempt from overtime compensation, beginning in October 2021. Pennsylvania employers, including PASSA members, should review the rule now to prepare for changes to employee compensation.While Pennsylvania’s new overtime rule sets a new overtime pay threshold for 2020, the 2020 thresh...
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Your state Senator needs to hear that you support House Bill 1756! HB1756, which would modernize the lien law, remains pending in the Senate. We need the Senate to act quickly to pass the bill. Today, please email (good) or call (better) the Senators where you live and where you do business, and ask the Senators to support HB1756. The Senators need to hear from you even if you have emailed or called already.Click here to find your Senator. Please email Joe Doherty with any questions.
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The Inside Self-Storage Best of Business Poll just opened! Please consider voting PASSA as Best State Association! Please note, one vote PER email address, but you can vote using multiple email addresses. Please share, and let's vote PASSA as best large AND small association! Vote from March 1 - March 31!  Vote HERE -  https://lnkd.in/gYMyqKt                     &...
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State Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York) has circulated a memo to his colleagues in the House, announcing his intention to reintroduce legislation to modernize the state's self storage lien law, which last session was HB 1756. As you will recall, HB 1756 passed the House unanimously last fall, but did not receive consideration in the Senate. The cosponsor memo can be found HERE.When it is introduced, it will get a new bill number, and be referred to the House Commerce Committee. The new bill will...
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Support Needed Now for HB1103

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Support Needed Our Pennsylvania bill, HB1103, was introduced earlier this week. With your assistance, the bill now has 13 co-sponsors! The PASSA needs your help! Please contact your state Representative, and ask them to support this legislation. Please remind your representative that an identical bill passed unanimously in 2020 after all stakeholders reached consensus. Contribute t...
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Changes to the International Building Code Affect Self Storage - April 2019

With the support of its Code Committee, the Self Storage Association successfully pursued several key changes to the 2021 International Building Code. 

1.       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.

2.       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. 

3.       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 at the National SSA with any questions or to receive supporting documentation for these changes.

 


In 2018, the Pennsylvania Self Storage Association supported HB 504.

HB504 was signed into law by Governor Wolf and became effective in December 2018.

The law enables self storage operators to sell property insurance to their tenants.  Generally, the insurance covers the loss of or damage to property put into storage by the individual renter or while the property is transit during the rental agreement. The operator has to obtain a limited insurance license to sell this insurance.

The full text of the law, codified as of Act 97 of 2018, is available here

 


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