Self Storage Laws

New Jersey Storage Law

New Jersey Storage Law
NJ Self and Mini Storage Lien Laws

  (UPDATED THROUGH  P.L. 2014, ch.85 and JR3 of 2014)



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.


2.As used in this act:


"Electronic mail" means an electronic message or an executable program or computer file that contains an image of a message that is transmitted between two or more computers or electronic terminals. The term includes electronic messages that are transmitted within or between computer networks.


"Last known address" means that postal address or electronic mailing address provided by the occupant in the latest rental agreement, or the postal address or electronic mailing 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.


"Verified mail" means any method of mailing that is offered by the United States Postal Service or private delivery service that provides evidence of mailing.


L.1983, c.136, s.2; amended 2013, c.128, s.1.


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.