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Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.We recognize that we are all currently facing challenging times and uncharted waters. We are receiving a lot of information from a variety of sources – some reliable, some not. We are working diligently to sort through the information and pass along anything relevant and important for our members.
As you have heard, Governor Ever’s passed his Emergency Order 12 – Safer at Home Order today. A copy of the order can be found here.
Following is some information that the WSSA Board of Directors has put together to assist all of you. Keep in mind that this information is a compilation of suggestions based on best business practices and guidance received on webinars with the Self Storage Association.
We are here to help you, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 262-786-3960. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we will do our best to track it down for you.
Stay safe and healthy!
•· Self storage has been deemed an essential business and should continue to operate perhaps with a few minor modifications – practicing social distancing, cleaning all surfaces, etc.
•· It is the recommendation of the Self Storage Association that members discontinue late fees, overlocks and lien sales for the time being.
•· The Self Storage Association is also calling for all facilities to cease with rent increases during this time of crisis.
•· Wisconsin law states "No seller may sell, or offer to sell, in this state at wholesale or at retail, consumer goods or services at unreasonably excessive prices if the governor, by executive order, has certified that the state or a part of the state is in a period of abnormal economic disruption, including natural disasters. § 100.305; ATCP 106.01"
•· You may want to consider doing a mailing or email blast to your renters notifying them of any changes you are making that may affect them. For example, changes in office hours or changes to how or when tenants can make payments should your office be closed or have limited hours.
•· On March 19, 2020, SSA held a webinar “Legal power Hour” during which issues and questions regarding self storage operations during a pandemic were addressed. Here is a link to the information – it does not contain a video but has good information: https://vimeo.com/399203261
Again, these are recommendations not mandates. Everyone still needs to run their business in a responsible, responsive manner.