Q: What is the Texas Self Storage Association?
A: Founded in 1986 as the Texas Mini Storage Association, TSSA is a non-profit trade association dedicated to provide opportunities for all self-storage owners to share, learn and improve both their businesses and the self storage industry. Today, the TSSA membership rolls have grown to more than 2,600. As the Association grows, it continues to provide individualized service, education and fellowship with the same dedication and determination that sparked the 10 facility owners and founders in 1986.
Q. What is self storage, and why would I use it?
A. Self storage, also known as mini storage, refers to a lockable unit in which customers store their goods. Self storage allows customers who are relocating, selling a home, or simply looking for more space for their possessions a place to store the items. Businesses frequently use self storage to store inventory or paperwork, rather than having to lease additional expensive commercial space. Unlike portable or door-to-door storage, self-storage facilities allow customers to retain a key to the unit and code to any gates so that they are not forced to make appointments to access their goods.
Q. How do I find a storage unit to rent?
A. To find a TSSA member facility, click on Find Storage Facility on the home page and type in the ZIP code you want to search, or use the drop-down menu to search by city. You can also type in the name of the facility, if you know it. Information about all current TSSA facility members in that ZIP or city, or about the specific facility if you typed in the name, will appear.
Q. I'm a self-storage facility owner or manager. How do I get help with procedural or legal questions?
A. If you are a TSSA member, you have access through the members-only part of this site to our exclusive "Ask the Experts" database and interactive forum. More than 100 self-storage-related questions are accompanied by answers from our team of attorneys and industry experts. As an additional resource to the TSSA Goldbook©, free with your membership, and annual legal seminars, this feature helps address situations that arise and keeps our members out of legal trouble. Members may log in by clicking here.
Q. I am a self-storage facility owner interested in hiring a manager, or a manager seeking employment. How do I connect?
A. Post a job listing or employment interest on TSSA's free Discussion Forums.
Q. I'm considering building or buying a self-storage facility in Texas. Where do I find development information?
A. In addition to the helpful information contained in the TSSA magazine and especially in the special development issue of that publication, TSSA also offers a whole series of seminars geared specifically for the potential self-storage facility owner or developer at the Convention & Trade Show in the fall each year. If you can't wait, begin your search on the world-wide Web!
Check the Buyers Guide to find information about brokers, consultants and companies offering feasibility studies, or go to the Inside Self Storage and Mini Storage Messenger sites to find more information about the industry in articles and publications available to the public. Several publications are geared exclusively to self-storage developers or those exploring self storage as an investment option.
Q. Why should a self-storage facility owner or industry supplier join TSSA?
A. Click on the Membership Benefits tab to read information about the benefits TSSA offers its members. From the nationally-acclaimed rental agreement and other official forms, to the TSSA Goldbook©, to the bi-monthly magazine, Self-Storage News, TSSA works to protect and educate owners and managers of self-storage facilities in Texas. Ask any of our members--a TSSA membership is a key part of building a profitable storage business.
A. Joining TSSA is simple. Join TSSA, or call 888-259-4902 to join by phone. Membership for owners is $195 a year for one facility, and $120 for each additional facility. Click here for more details. Membership dues for industry suppliers and developers are $195 annually. Rental agreements are available to members only. TSSA also offers a special forms software program that allows members to fill in and print all TSSA official forms, as well as the 60+ forms from the Goldbook©. Order forms online now with your membership password, or call (888) 259-4902 to order by phone.