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With the daunting amount of news and information coming at you constantly it is impossible for any one person to keep up. Our team curates and alerts you to the "must have” information to ensure you are in the know. Having relevant, current information helps you to make the best decisions possible.

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  • Friday, January 12, 2024 11:46 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Self-Storage Lunch & Learn 

    Colliers has begun the next round of Lunch & Learns for 2024. Check out our upcoming Newsletters for other locations throughout the year. If you live in Northern California, we would love to have you join our meetings in February.


    When:        Wednesday, February 7, 2024

    11am-1pm (lunch provided)

    Where:       301 University Ave 

    Suite 100
    Sacramento, CA 95825

    San Jose

    When:         Thursday, February 8, 2024

    11am-1pm (lunch provided)

    Where:       225 W Santa Clara Street 

    Suite 1000
    San Jose, CA 95113

    Topics of Discussion

    • Industry Overview (2023 and 2024)
    • Rental Rates
    • Occupancy
    • Expenses & Technology
    • Cap Rates
    • Debt & Finance
    • Sales Transactions - Market Pricing
    • Supply & New Construction
    • Industry Update by CSSA

    Jeff Shouse, MAI, CRE
    National Self-Storage Director
    Valuation & Advisory Services

    +1 916 996 0638

    Tom de Jong, SIOR
    Executive Vice Pesident
    +1 408 282 3829

  • Friday, December 15, 2023 10:20 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    CSSA Legislative Alert


    Changes in Self Storage Lien Sale Notifications

    Take Effect January 1, 2024

    Due to the legislative efforts of the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) and the Self Storage Association (SSA), AB542 (Carrillo) was passed and signed, providing three important reforms to the advertising requirement in California Business & Professions Code 21707:

    • First, the bill cuts in half the number of required newspaper advertisements from two to one, provided that the operator also advertises the sale online. If the operator does not advertise online, the operator must still have two advertisements published in the newspaper.
    • Second, AB542 allows operators to advertise sales in a newspaper of general circulation either in the public notice district or county where the storage facility is located. Prior law required the advertisement to be placed in a newspaper of general circulation in the public notice district. This change provides more options for operators, particularly those in a public notice district with only one newspaper.
    • Third, the bill eliminates the outdated requirement to describe the goods because most sales occur online where potential bidders can readily see photos of the items for sale.


    The SSA and CSSA wish to extend their thanks to bill sponsor Assemblymember Juan Carrillo (D-Palmdale), his staff, and the associations’ Sacramento-based lobbyist Naomi Padron of MKP Government Relations for their assistance in the passage of AB542.

  • Monday, November 27, 2023 8:26 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


      Special CSSA Owner/Operator Peer Networking Discussion

    2024 Lien Law Change &

    Protecting Future CA Tax Increases

    Presented by Joe Doherty, Legal Counsel, Self Storage Association

    Naomi Padron, Partner, McHugh Koepke padron Government Relations (SSA/CSSA Lobbyist), Steve Mirabito, President, StoragePRO (Chair, CSSA legislative & Legal Committee) 

    December 12, 2023 - 10:00am – 11:30am

    On January 1, 2024 new lien laws will go into effect for all California self-storage operators We can answer all your questions regarding lien law changes!

    Also, find out about upcoming propositions, such as the Taxpayer Protection Act, and other legislative challenges in 2024 to help protect your business and keep it profitable.

    This is a FREE event for CSSA Members Only!

    Registration is Required

    Don't Miss Out - Register Today!

    CSSA's Peer Power Hour: An open discussion among fellow self storage owners and operators. Your opportunity to ask questions, talk about today's challenges, and share your knowledge/experience. Don't miss out on this unique networking event!

  • Friday, October 27, 2023 3:15 PM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    E-Bike and other lithium-ion rechargeable batteries may cause fires

    CSSA wanted to make you aware of potential issues with e-bikes and other devices that use lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (hoverboards, scooters, cell phones, vaping devices, tools, etc.). If any of your customers have these devices and are recharging them in their units be aware – they may cause a a fire.

    A self storage facility in New York recently experienced this: CLICK HERE for article

    Also for more information on what causes lithium-ion battery fires CLICK HERE

    You may want to review your Agreements and if necessary, specify that lithium-ion batteries and charging units constitute hazardous or toxic material. Check with your insurance agent or attorney.

    Ross Hutchings, CAE

    Executive Director

    CA Self Storage Association

    CSSA Office: 5325 Elkhorn Blvd., #283, Sacramento, CA 95842 | Phone: 888-277-2207

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 3:30 PM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Join us at Kure It's Let's Save Lives Gala on Saturday, November 4th

    This year's gala will highlight our dedication to the community, our mission to find life-saving cures, and to improve the outcomes for people facing cancer. In addition, we have partnered with iconic fashion brand, Bally, to add new elements of fun, fashion and philosophy to the evening.

    Click the link below to purchase your sponsorship or tickets: 

    Purchase Tickets Today

    For questions, contact Jackie Kurtz at or call 949-748-5916

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 10:44 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Register by close of business Monday, October 2nd for the discounted registration price.

    Our presenters Jon Dario, CEO, Edison Properties and Jeff Humphrey, ASA, CCRA, SVP of Asset Management, Devon Self Storage Holdings (US) LLC offer this unique, graduate level real estate investment and facility management course.

    Course size is kept small so that you can receive personalized attention. Register today before it sells out!

    For more information on the course, and a complete schedule, click here.

    Register Now

    We're meeting at the Hilton Boston Back Bay. The neighborhood is walking distance from the Charles River, Boston Commons, and many historical and cultural venues are within walking distance. 

    Click here to book your room by October 2nd for SSA's special rate.

    Thank You To Our Sponsors

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2023 11:12 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    After months of development, Mini-Storage Messenger, which has been going by the name of our flagship publication since being acquired by Storelocal Media Corporation in March of this year, has completed its rebranding. We're pleased to reveal our new brand: Modern Storage Media.

    Modern Storage Media, or MSM, pays homage to our rich, 43-year-long history within the self-storage industry by retaining the initials of our monthly print and digital magazine Mini-Storage Messenger. Located between the Ms, the S for Storage in the three-letter logo conveys self-storage being at the center of everything MSM does. The curled corner of the first M in the new logo represents turning the page on the past as a publisher as we transform into a modern media company by taking a technology-focused approach to our offerings.

    This shift includes focusing on breaking industry news and offering custom publishing, as well as providing an enhanced website, advertising opportunities, and digital magazine experiences. Along with video and premium advertising options, MSM now has tracking capabilities to deliver invaluable ROI data to our advertisers.  

    “The name Modern Storage Media exemplifies the company’s forward-thinking approach to all things self-storage,” says Travis Morrow, CEO of Storelocal, our parent company. “It will empower us to continue providing the cutting-edge media solutions our readers and advertisers are seeking.”

    “We are very excited about the expanded opportunities that will be available to our readers and advertisers as a part of this rebrand,” says Publisher Poppy Behrens. “Not only does it move us forward in the digital age, but it also preserves the history of the publication started by Hardy Good more than 40 years ago.”

    The MSM team, boasting over 20 years of experience in the self-storage industry, remains committed to providing high-quality content that adds value to our readers through the monthly, quarterly, and annual publications the industry has come to trust, as well as our new offerings. To get a feel for the new MSM, visit our updated website,

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 2:46 PM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Toy Storage Nation Announces New Board Chair, Recognizes Excellence in Leadership by Departing Chair

    PHOENIX, August 30, 2023 –Toy Storage Nation, the only organization dedicated solely to providing news, education and expertise for developing, owning, operating and investing in RV and boat storage businesses, has named Chris Koenig, President of Pacific Property Advisors as Advisory Board Chairman. He succeeds Terry Anderson, CEO and President of Tenant Property Protection, who has contributed to vast growth within the organization over the past year.

    “We are extremely excited to have Chris Koenig step into this leadership role,” stated Toy Storage Nation President Amy Bix. “Chris has been a very active board member for two years, bringing both a fresh and personal perspective to Toy Storage Nation as a developer-operator and an analyst who can evaluate company strategies to lead business development and cash flow stability.”

    Founding Advisory Board Member Bob Hayworth, CEO, President and Founder of Baja Construction Company, paid great respect to outgoing Chair Terry Anderson while acknowledging that the passing of the baton to Koenig will be a smooth transition. 

    “Like Terry, Chris has a wealth of experience to share with RV and boat storage business developers-operators-investors. Likewise, he is a sharp innovator in the industry and has the stealth and skills to take Toy Storage Nation to the next dimension of success,” says Hayworth. 

    Fellow Advisory Board member and longtime industry advisor Jim Chiswell echoed similar gratitude for Anderson’s guidance since Toy Storage Nation was founded more than two years ago.

    “Like every trade association, it is not uncommon to see a change in leadership on the board of advisors,” begins Chiswell, managing partner at Chiswell & Associates and a highly revered self-storage–and now RV and boat storage–consultant for more than 40 years. “What is not common, however, is the leadership provided to our new organization by outgoing Chairman Terry Anderson, President/CEO of Tenant Property Protection, since Toy Storage Nation’s inception. I’d like to personally thank Terry for his commitment to helping to make Toy Storage Nation the voice of the RV and boat storage industry that it is today.”

    Koenig brings invaluable discipline and experience to his new role as Advisory Board Chair. He sped through higher education studies at University of California, Davis, graduating the four-year bachelor’s in business program in three years while earning honors. Since then, he successfully developed retail and industrial properties in Napa Valley for Pacific Union Property Advisors LLC, before starting a property tax appeal business under a new company, Pacific Property Advisors Inc. Currently, he has developed, owns and is in the process of developing approximately $200 million in storage projects in California. 

    “I look forward to advancing the Class A RV Boat Storage business model and sharing my years of knowledge to those who are interested or new to this market,” stated Koenig. “Coming from the development/ownership side, I hope to offer unbiased and objective opinions on this asset class to our TSN audience.”

    As the voice of the RV and boat industry, Toy Storage Nation is the industry’s only fully dedicated educational and networking resource for developers, owners, operators and investors in RV and boat storage facilities. The organization hosts quarterly, one-day workshops throughout the country to accelerate attendees’ journey to success. In addition, Toy Storage Nation recently launched a new membership program that offers huge vendor discounts and unparalleled networking opportunities for industry newcomers and veterans. Learn more and register for Toy Storage Nation’s upcoming executive workshop in Reno, Sept. 23, 2023, as well as become a TSN member by visiting

    Contact: Drew Whitney, 602-677-2207,


    Drew Whitney

    Editorial Director

    Toy Storage Nation 

    "The Independent VOICE of the 

    Recreational Vehicle Storage Industry"

  • Thursday, July 06, 2023 9:35 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)






    XPS Solutions, based in Richardson, Texas, welcomes and announces the appointment of Jennifer Downer, its Chief Operating Officer. 

    Jennifer brings over 20 years of self-storage management experience, including three years as VP of Operations and five years as COO of Absolute Storage Management, a self-storage management firm. "Jennifer resonates integrity and experience. She knows XPS and our incredible team here. She knows self-storage. And she is excited about our expanded solution offering that together we are bringing to our clients and the self-storage industry." Stated John Traver, CEO. "She brings the necessary expertise to help XPS Solutions expand our future products and services. Jennifer will oversee all aspects of the XPS Solutions core offerings and new Remote Management Suite." After consulting with XPS, Jennifer recognized how her experience had prepared her for this next opportunity in self-storage.

    "It is an honor to be a part of the XPS family. I look forward to combining my experience in the self-storage industry with the vast knowledge of our team at XPS to further develop new tools and innovative options for our current and future clients." Jennifer Downer, Chief Operating Officer

    Robert Gower, the previous Chief Operating Officer, will transition to the COO of Traver Connect, another Traver-owned business.

    Media Contact:

    XPS Solutions 

    Andrew Stavros

    Tel: (972) 865-4256



    XPS Solutions began as the original centralized sales and support center for independent facilities within self-storage. Over the past 23 years, it has evolved into a centralized solution that can provide extended tenant support, rental and move-ins, and remote management solutions for self-storage properties. Today, XPS Solutions supports thousands of self-storage facilities throughout North America.

  • Thursday, June 22, 2023 8:30 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    Hello Charity Storage partners,  

    Have you ordered your FREE Charity Storage marketing kit yet?   

    The NEW kit is available on the Charity Storage Shop page and features eye-catching designs printed on UV-protected materials to ensure visibility and longevity. The promotional package includes:

    • Gate Sign: Printed on UV vinyl and includes pre-drilled holes.
    • Counter Sign: A UV ink-printed sign with an easel back. 
    • Window Cling: Static cling sign that can stick to any glass surface.

    Don't miss out on an opportunity to get your hands on this NEW marketing bundle valued at $45!

    Use coupon code freekit at checkout and get your first one FREE! This exclusive opportunity is limited. Act now and claim your kit today!

    Showcase your participation in the program with this new kit and bring more awareness to your self storage business and the charitable causes you support!

    Click here and order your marketing kit while supplies last!

    Want to be featured on our social pages? Tag @Charity Storage on social media and share photos of your marketing kit in action.

    Thank you for being a proud supporter of Charity Storage!


    The Charity Storage Team

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