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    Brad81150 is offline Junior Member
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    Can anyone tell me what area of the Service members civil relief act pertains to self storage (chapter, section, etc.)? Also, are you using an addendum with your lease or is it written in the lease the rules regarding payment as it pertains to the Service members civil relief act? thanks.

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    Hi Brad,

    Welcome to the forums.
    Here is a link to the Federal Act. SCRA

    We do not have it in our lease, nor is there an addendum. I'll ask our attorney about inclusion in an upcoming update of our lease; but my first thought is, since it is a Federal Act, it may not be necessary to include it.

    My best advice is; ask prospective military tenants for:
    1. A photocopy of their Military ID (which you have to secure as it contains their social security number and all)
    2. Their Commanding Officer's name & contact information.
    3. Their unit/brigade/battalion # etc.
    4. An alternate contact person's information.

    With all of these in place, should something occur you will have all you need to either contact the servicemember, their CO or their family/friends. Even if you have to do a Military Search having their Military ID will save you untold frustrations.
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    To answer your other questions; and I am by no means a legal expert; we just always err on the side of caution.

    I'd rather have a unit of items sitting there and upping our delinquency rates than to face a servicemember who was in the face of danger and then inform that person we sold all their worldly possessions.

    To my knowledge in all the legal jargon the Act does not specifically state 'self storage' but rather refers to legal actions of any sort.

    I am printing out all 32 pages right now to read for myself. I remember there was a judgment (a year or so ago) against one of those large chains for selling a servicemember's unit while they were serving our country. I don't remember the details, but it is a position you never want to be in.
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    Thanks to both of you for the information. I will definately get that information once we are up and running. Thanks again. Brad

 

 

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