Self Storage Laws

New Jersey Storage Law

New Jersey Storage Law
NJ Self and Mini Storage Lien Laws

(UPDATED THROUGH P.L. 2010, ch. 80,  and JR 3 of P.L.2010) 

2A:44-187.  Short title
This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "Self-Service Storage Facility Act."
L.1983, c. 136, s. 1, eff. April 14, 1983.

2A:44-188.  Definitions
As used in this act:

"Last known address"  means that address provided by the occupant in the latest rental agreement, or the address provided by the occupant in a subsequent written notice of a change of address.

"Occupant"  means a person, the person's sublessee, successor, or assignee,  entitled to the use of the storage space at a self-service storage facility  under a rental agreement, to the exclusion of others.

"Owner"  means the proprietor, operator, lessor, or sublessor of a self-service storage facility, the owner's agent, or any other person authorized by the owner to manage the facility, or to receive rent from an occupant under a rental agreement.

"Personal property"  means movable property not affixed to land, and includes, but is not limited to, goods, merchandise, and household items.

"Rental agreement"  means any written agreement or lease, that establishes  or modifies the terms, conditions, rules or any other provisions concerning the  use and occupancy of a self-service storage facility.

"Self-service storage facility"  means any real property designed and used  for the purpose of renting or leasing individual storage space to occupants who  are to have access for the purpose of storing and removing personal property.   No occupant shall use a self-service storage facility for residential  purposes.  A self-service storage facility is not a warehouse as used in  chapter 7 of Title 12A of the New Jersey Statutes.

L.1983, c. 136, s. 2, eff. April 14, 1983.

2A:44-189.  Lien on personal property;  priority
Except as specified in this subsection, the owner of a self-service storage  facility or the owner's heirs, successors or assigns shall have a lien upon all  personal property located at a self-service storage facility for rent, labor,  or other reasonable charges due as specified in the rental agreement in  relation to the personal property, and for expenses necessary for its  preservation, or expenses reasonably incurred in its sale under this act.  The  lien provided for in this section is superior to any other lien or security  interest except those prior liens established pursuant to N.J.S. 2A:37-20,  sections 3 and 12 of P.L.1966, c. 30 (C. 54:32B-3, C. 54:32B-12) and R.S.  54:35-19 and those as to which the occupant has notified the owner in writing.   The lien attaches as of the date the personal property is brought to the  self-service storage facility.

L.1983, c. 136, s. 3, eff. April 14, 1983.