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Sponsors: Senator Climer
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 5151
Introduced in the Senate on January 23, 2020
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
Summary: Liens and denial of access to personal property
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/23/2020 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 5) 1/23/2020 Senate Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry (Senate Journal-page 5)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 39-20-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SELF-SERVICE STORAGE FACILITY DEFINITIONS, SO AS TO ADD THE DEFINITION OF "LATE FEE"; TO AMEND SECTION 39-20-30, RELATING TO LIENS AND DENIAL OF ACCESS TO PERSONAL PROPERTY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT AN OWNER MAY IMPOSE CERTAIN LATE FEES; TO AMEND SECTION 39-20-45, RELATING TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF LIENS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN ONLINE NOTIFICATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 39-20-20 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately lettered item at the end to read:
"( ) 'Late fee' means any fee or charge assessed for an occupant's failure to pay rent or other fees, charges, or costs when due. 'Late fee' does not include interest on a debt, expenses incurred in the collection of unpaid rent, expenses necessary for preservation of personal property or expenses reasonably incurred in its sale or other disposition under this chapter, or costs associated with the enforcement of any other remedy provided by law or contract."
SECTION 2. Section 39-20-30 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding appropriately lettered subsections at the end to read:
"( ) An owner may impose a reasonable late fee if an occupant does not pay all rent, charges, fees, or expenses when due.
( ) An owner may not impose a late fee unless the amount of that fee and the conditions for imposing that fee are stated in the rental agreement.
( ) A late fee of twenty dollars or twenty percent of the amount of each rental payment, whichever is greater, is considered reasonable and does not constitute a penalty. Any late fee imposed by the owner pursuant to this section must be in addition to any other remedy provided by law or contract."
SECTION 3. Section 39-20-45(E) and (I) of the 1976 Code are amended to read:
"(E) After the expiration of the fifty-day default period, the owner shall publish an advertisement of the public sale to the highest bidder once a week for two consecutive weeks in the print or digital version of a newspaper of general circulation where the self-service storage facility is located or in any other commercially reasonable manner. The manner of advertisement is considered commercially reasonable if at least three independent bidders attend or view the sale in person or online at the time and place advertised.
(I) If no one purchases the property at the public sale and if the owner has complied with the foregoing procedures, the owner may otherwise dispose of the property and shall notify the occupant of the action taken. Any sale or disposition of the personal property must be held at the self-service storage facility,
or at the nearest suitable place to where the personal property is held or stored, or online."
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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