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Legal Notice Requirements (Newspaper Ads)

You must read and understand the full content of your state's lien law before using Lockerfox. You are responsible for all aspects of compliance with the requirements. The Self Storage Association publishes Lien Law Annotated books for many states (Order at https://www.selfstorage.org/Products-Services/Books. If you're in Texas, the TXSSA publishes the Goldbook© Legal Reference (Available to members only). We also encourage you to join your state's Self Storage Association to keep up to date on auction best practices and legal updates. These interpretations are provided as a convenience, you should always refer to the full text of the lien law and consult your legal counsel.

IMPORTANT: Many states marked as green use the language any commercially reasonable manner in lieu of the newspaper. Some also contain a requirement that the sale be at least x days after the first advertisement. Thus, if using the online posting as the advertisement, you would need to make sure the unit is posted (open for bids) for at least x days. In addition, some states require the online posting to contain the unit number and/or tenant name (Lockerfox has features to automate this). We have marked these states as green because in practice it means you can skip the newspaper ad. As usual, the details are in the individual state's lien laws.


Legend:
GREEN States do not require a newspaper ad, subject to important notes shown
RED States require a newspaper ad

AlabamaNo newspaper ad if operator determines value less than $500
AlaskaNo Lien Law in effect
ArizonaAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 5 bidders attend
ArkansasAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders participate
CaliforniaRequired, once a week for 2 consecutive weeks
ColoradoAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders attend
ConnecticutWeb site advertising allowed (See notes)
DelawareWeb site advertising allowed (See notes)
FloridaRequired, once a week for 2 consecutive weeks
GeorgiaRequired, once a week, for two consecutive weeks, in the legal organ for the county
HawaiiDeemed commercially reasonable if at least 3 bidders participate
IdahoRequired, once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county
IllinoisRequired, once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation
IndianaAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner that's likely to attract at least 3 bidders (See notes)
IowaAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner that's likely to attract at least 3 bidders (See notes)
KansasAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner that's likely to attract at least 3 bidders (See notes)
KentuckyAdvertise in commercially resonable manner, at least 3 bidders attend (See notes)
LouisianaWeb site advertising allowed (See notes)
MaineNo requirement for newspaper ad
MarylandWeb site advertising allowed (See notes)
MassachusettsAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders attend sale (See notes)
MichiganRequired unless posted on a publicly available website identified in the rental agreement (See notes)
MinnesotaRequired, once a week for two weeks consecutively in a newspaper of general circulation
MississippiAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders attend (See notes)
MissouriRequired, once in a newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction
MontanaAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders view online, bidding at least 7 days
NebraskaAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders attend
NevadaRequired, once a week for 2 consecutive weeks immediately preceding the date of the sale in a newspaper
New HampshireNo requirement to advertise
New JerseyRequired, published once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation
New MexicoRequired, once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation
New YorkNo requirement for newspaper ad, some believe the UCC code applies and requires, consult your counsel
North CarolinaAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders attend, bidding at least 5 days (See notes)
North DakotaAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 bidders attend, bidding at least 7 days (See notes)
OhioAlternative advertising allowed in lieu of newspaper ad (See notes)
OklahomaRequired, published once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county
OregonRequired, if value more than $300, published once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper
PennsylvaniaRequired, published once or twice preceding the date of sale in a newspaper (See notes)
Rhode IslandRequired once a week for three (3) successive weeks if no personal service on notice to tenant
South CarolinaRequired, once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper
South DakotaRequired, published once in a newspaper of general circulation
TennesseeAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner that's likely to attract at least 3 potential bidders (See notes)
TexasRequired, once in each of two consecutive weeks in a newspaper
UtahRequired, once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county
VermontAdvertise in commercially reasonable manner, at least 3 independent bidders attend
VirginiaNo requirement for advertising
WashingtonSell in commercially reasonable manner, 5 or more bidders in attendance
West VirginiaRequired unless tenant initials in rental agreement indicating online advertising
WisconsinRequired, once in a newspaper of general circulation
WyomingNo requirement for advertising
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