What Happens When the Storage Space Bill is Not Paid, Part II

Many renters (meaning storage space occupants) wonder how long they can go without paying the bill before something negative happens.  The answer is 14 days from the day it is due, in Nevada.  Nevada law provides:

NRS 108.476  Unpaid charges: Termination of occupant’s right to use storage space; notice; imposition of lien.

    1.  If any charges for rent or other items owed by the occupant remain unpaid for 14 days or more, the owner may terminate the occupant’s right to use the storage space at the facility, for which charges are owed, not less than 14 days after sending a notice by verified mail and if available, electronic mail to the occupant at his or her last known address and to the alternative address provided by the occupant in the rental agreement…  .

So, there is not a large grace period here.  Really, it’s two weeks.  At that time the storage facility owner can send out a notice by verified mail and email, if the owner has one, notifying the renter of the issue.

The law provides that the right to use the storage space is terminated another 14 days after the owner sends the notice.

NRS 108.476 further provides that the notice must contain the following verbiage:

    (a) An itemized statement of the amount owed by the occupant at the time of the notice and the date when the amount became due;

    (b) The name, address and telephone number of the owner or the owner’s agent;

    (c) A statement that the occupant’s right to use the storage space will terminate on a specific date unless the occupant pays the amount owed to the owner; and

    (d) A statement that upon the termination of the occupant’s right to occupy the storage space and after the date specified in the notice, an owner’s lien pursuant to NRS 108.4753, will be imposed.

This is how the owner’s lien on the occupants stuff, i.e. the contents, gets created.  So this affects not only the right to possession of the contents but also the termination of the lease, which are not the same thing.

Email notification alone will not suffice.  Rather the owner of the storage space must also send notification by verified mail.  What is verified mail?  The law used to require “certified mail” but the Nevada legislature changed it to “verified mail”, which can be much simpler than “certified” and cheaper.

“Verified mail” is defined  any method of mailing offered by the United States Postal Service that provides evidence of mailing.  [NRS 108.4748].  Such services might be a postmarked certificate of mailing, priority mail when done through electronic means, and Express Mail, because all of those provide a way to have evidence of mailing.  But that notification is only as good as the last known address.  The storage unit owner is not responsible for hiring a private investigator to track down delinquent occupants.

See more in Part III of this series.

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