(770 ILCS 95/2)
(from Ch. 114, par. 802)
As used in this Act, unless the context clearly
(A) "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 to such for the purpose of storing and removing personal
property. A self-service storage facility is not a warehouse for purposes
of Article 7 of the Uniform Commercial Code.
If an owner issues any warehouse receipt, bill of lading, or other document
of title for the personal property stored,
the provisions of this Act do not apply.
(B) "Owner" means the owner, operator, lessor, or sublessor of a self-service
storage facility, his agent, or any other person authorized by him to manage
the facility, or to receive rent from an occupant under a rental agreement.
(C) "Occupant" means a person, his sublessee, successor, or assign, entitled
to the use of the storage space at a self-service storage facility under
a rental agreement, to the exclusion of others.
(D) "Rental agreement" means any agreement or lease, written or oral,
that establishes or modifies the terms, conditions, rules or any other provisions
concerning the use and occupancy of a self-service storage facility.
(E) "Personal property" means movable property not affixed to land, and
includes, but is not limited to goods, merchandise, motor vehicles, watercraft, and household items.
(F) "Last known address" means that mailing address or electronic mail address provided by the occupant in
the latest rental agreement, or the mailing address or electronic mail address provided by the occupant in
a subsequent written notice of a change of address.
(G) "Late fee" means a charge assessed for an occupant's failure to pay rent when due. "Late fee" does not include interest on a debt, reasonable expenses incurred in the collection of unpaid rent, or costs associated with the enforcement of any other remedy provided by statute or contract.
(H) "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.
(I) "Electronic mail" means the transmission of information or a communication by the use of a computer or other electronic means sent to a person identified by a unique address and that is received by that person.
(Source: P.A. 97-599, eff. 8-26-11; 98-1106, eff. 1-1-15
(770 ILCS 95/4)
(from Ch. 114, par. 804)
Enforcement of lien.
An owner's lien as provided for in Section
3 of this Act for a claim which has become due may be satisfied as follows:
(A) The occupant shall be notified;
(B) The notice shall be delivered:
(1) in person; or
(2) by verified mail or by electronic mail to the
last known address of the occupant;
(C) The notice shall include:
(1) An itemized statement of the owner's claim
showing the sum due at the time of the notice and the date when the sum became due;
(2) The name of the facility, address, telephone
number, date, time, location, and manner of the lien sale, and the occupant's name and unit number;
(3) A notice of denial of access to the personal
property, if such denial is permitted under the terms of the rental agreement, which provides the name, street address, and telephone number of the owner, or his designated agent, whom the occupant may contact to respond to this notice;
(3.5) Except as otherwise provided by a rental
agreement and until a lien sale, the exclusive care, custody, and control of all personal property stored in the leased self-service storage space remains vested in the occupant. No bailment or higher level of liability is created if the owner over-locks the occupant's lock, thereby denying the occupant access to the storage space. Rent and other charges related to the lien continue to accrue during the period of time when access is denied because of non-payment;
(4) A demand for payment within a specified time not
less than 14 days after delivery of the notice;
(5) A conspicuous statement that unless the claim is
paid within the time stated in the notice, the personal property will be advertised for sale or other disposition, and will be sold or otherwise disposed of at a specified time and place.
(D) Any notice made pursuant to this Section shall be presumed delivered
when it is deposited with the United States Postal Service, and properly
addressed with postage prepaid or sent by electronic mail and the owner receives a receipt of delivery to the occupant's last known address, except if the owner does not receive a receipt of delivery for the notice sent by electronic mail, the notice is presumed delivered when it is sent to the occupant by verified mail to the occupant's last known mailing address;
(E) After the expiration of the time given in the notice, an advertisement
of the sale or other disposition shall be published once a week for two
consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation where the self-service
storage facility is located. The advertisement shall include:
(1) The name of the facility, address, telephone
number, date, time, location, and manner of lien sale and the occupant's name and unit number.
(3) The sale or other disposition shall take place
not sooner than 15 days after the first publication. If there is no newspaper of general circulation where the self-service storage facility is located, the advertisement shall be posted at least 10 days before the date of the sale or other disposition in not less than 6 conspicuous places in the neighborhood where the self-service storage facility is located.
(F) Any sale or other disposition of the personal property shall conform
to the terms of the notification as provided for in this Section;
(G) Any sale or other disposition of the personal property shall be held
at the self-service storage facility, or at the nearest suitable place to
where the personal property is held or stored. A sale under this Section shall be deemed to be held at the self-service storage facility where the personal property is stored if the sale is held on a publicly accessible online website;
(G-5) If the property upon which the lien is claimed is a motor vehicle or watercraft and rent or other charges related to the property remain unpaid or unsatisfied for 60 days, the owner may have the property towed from the self-service storage facility. If a motor vehicle or watercraft is towed, the owner shall not be liable for any damage to the motor vehicle or watercraft, once the tower takes possession of the property. After the motor vehicle or watercraft is towed, the owner may pursue other collection options against the delinquent occupant for any outstanding debt. If the owner chooses to sell a motor vehicle, aircraft, mobile home, moped, motorcycle, snowmobile, trailer, or watercraft, the owner shall contact the Secretary of State and any other governmental agency as reasonably necessary to determine the name and address of the title holder or lienholder of the item, and the owner shall notify every identified title holder or lienholder of the time and place of the proposed sale. The owner is required to notify the holder of a security interest only if the security interest is filed under the name of the person signing the rental agreement or an occupant. An owner who fails to make the lien searches required by this Section is liable only to valid lienholders injured by that failure as provided in Section 3;
(H) Before any sale or other disposition of personal property pursuant
to this Section, the occupant may pay the amount necessary to satisfy the
lien, and the reasonable expenses incurred under this Section, and thereby
redeem the personal property. Upon receipt of such payment, the owner shall
return the personal property, and thereafter the owner shall have no liability
to any person with respect to such personal property;
(I) A purchaser in good faith of the personal property sold to satisfy
a lien, as provided for in Section 3 of this Act, takes the property free
of any rights of persons against whom the lien was valid, despite noncompliance
by the owner with the requirements of this Section;
(J) In the event of a sale under this Section, the owner may satisfy his
lien from the proceeds of the sale, but shall hold the balance, if any,
for delivery on demand to the occupant. If the occupant does not claim
the balance of the proceeds within one year of the date of sale, it shall
become the property of the owner without further recourse by the occupant.
(K) The lien on any personal property created by this Act shall be terminated
as to any such personal property which is sold or otherwise disposed of
pursuant to this Act and any such personal property which is removed from
the self-service storage facility.
(L) If 3 or more bidders who are unrelated to the owner are in attendance at a sale held under this Section, the sale and its proceeds are deemed to be commercially reasonable.
(Source: P.A. 97-599, eff. 8-26-11; 98-1106, eff. 1-1-15