Kentucky Abandoned Property – Self Storage Law


Abandoned Property – Abandoned Property Self Storage – Kentucky

Note:  This summary is not intended to be an all inclusive discussion of abandoned property law, but does include basic provisions.  You should check the State Laws for updates.

Kentucky Revised Statutes
TITLE XXIX – COMMERCE AND TRADE
CHAPTER 359 WAREHOUSES AND WAREHOUSEMEN

Definitions.
As used in KRS 359.210 to 359.250, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

(1) “Self-service storage facility” means any real property used for renting or leasing individual storage spaces in which the occupants themselves customarily store and remove their own personal property on a “self-service” basis.

(2) “Rental agreement” means any written agreement that establishes or modifies the terms, conditions, or rules concerning the use and occupancy of a self-service storage facility.

(3) “Leased space” means the individual storage space at the self-service facility which is rented to an occupant pursuant to a rental agreement.

(4) “Occupant” means a person, a sublessee, successor, or assign, entitled to the use of a leased space at a self-service storage facility under a rental agreement.

(5) “Operator” means the owner, operator, lessor, or sublessor of a self-service storage facility, an agent or any other person authorized to manage the facility, but does not mean a warehouseman, unless the operator issues a warehouse receipt, bill of lading, or other document of title for the personal property stored.

(6) “Personal property” means movable property, not affixed to land and includes, but is not limited to, goods, wares, merchandise, motor vehicles, watercraft, and household items and furnishings.

(7) “Default” means the failure to perform on time any obligation or duty set forth in the rental agreement.

(8) “Last known address” means that address provided by the occupant in the rental agreement or the address provided by the occupant in a subsequent written notice of a change of address.

Title XXIX, Chap. 359, §359.200

Prohibition on using leased spaces for residential purposes.

(1) An operator shall not knowingly permit a leased space at a self-service storage facility to be used for residential purposes.

(2) An occupant shall not use a leased space for residential purposes.

Title XXIX, Chap. 359, §359.210

Lien on stored property held by operator of facility — Notice provisions in rental agreement.

(1) The operator of a self-service storage facility shall have a lien on all personal property stored within each leased space for rent, labor, or other charges, and for expenses reasonably incurred in its sale, as provided in KRS 359.200 to 359.250.

(2) The rental agreement shall contain a statement, in bold type, advising the occupant:

(a) Of the existence of the lien; and

(b) That property stored in the leased space may be sold to satisfy the lien if the occupant is in default.

Title XXIX, Chap. 359, §359.220

Enforcement of lien against occupant in default — Requirements prior to conduct of sale — Redemption by occupant — Application of proceeds — Rights of purchaser — Limitation on liability of operator.

(1)

(a) If the occupant is in default for a period of more than forty-five (45) days, the operator may enforce a lien by selling the property stored in the leased space at a public or private sale, for cash.

(b) Proceeds shall then be applied to satisfy the lien, with any surplus disbursed as provided in subsection (5) of this section.

(2) Before conducting a sale under subsection (1), the operator shall:

(a) Notify the occupant of the default by regular mail at the occupant’s last known address;

(b) Send a second notice of default by certified mail to the occupant at the occupant’s last known address which includes:

1. A statement that the contents of the occupant’s leased space are subject to the operator’s lien;

2. A statement of the operator’s claim, indicating the charges due on the date of the notice, the amount of any additional charges which shall become due before the date of sale, and the date those additional charges shall become due;

3. A demand for payment of the charges due within a specified time, not less than fourteen (14) days after the date of the notice;

4. A statement that unless the claim is paid within the time stated, the contents of the occupant’s space shall be sold at a specified time and place; and

5. The name, street address, and telephone number of the operator, or his designated agent, whom the occupant may contact to respond to the notice; and

(c) At least three (3) days before the sale, advertise the time, place, and terms of the sale in a newspaper of general circulation in the jurisdiction where the sale is to be held.

(3) At any time before a sale under this section, the occupant may pay the amount necessary to satisfy the lien and redeem the occupant’s personal property.

(4) The sale under this section shall be held at the self-service storage facility where the personal property is stored.

(5) If a sale is held under this section, the operator shall:

(a) Satisfy the lien from the proceeds of the sale;

(b) Hold the balance, if any, for delivery to any other recorded lienholders who present claims within sixty (60) days. Notwithstanding Article 9 of KRS Chapter 355, claims shall be satisfied on a first come first served basis; and

(c) Deliver, upon expiration of sixty (60) days, the balance of any remaining proceeds to the occupant.

Title XXIX, Chap. 359, §359.230

Pre-existing rental agreements unaffected.
All rental agreements, entered into before July 15, 1988, which have not been extended or renewed after July 15, 1988, shall remain valid and may be enforced or terminated in accordance with their terms or as permitted by any other statute or law of this state.
Title XXIX, Chap. 359, §359.240

Short title.
KRS 359.200 to 359.250 shall be known as the “Kentucky Self-Service Storage Act of 1988.”
Title XXIX, Chap. 359, §359.250