2017 ORS 87.691¹
Sale of property subject to lien
  • advertisement of sale
  • treatment of vehicles, trailers and watercraft
  • satisfaction of lien before sale
  • use of sale proceeds

(1) After the time specified in the notice given under ORS 87.689 (Notice of foreclosure and sale) expires, if the owner determines, based on the owner’s previous experience, that the personal property subject to the lien created by ORS 87.687 (Self-service storage facility owner’s possessory lien) has a value of $300 or less, the owner may dispose of the property at the owner’s sole discretion.

(2) After the time specified in the notice given under ORS 87.689 (Notice of foreclosure and sale) expires, if the owner determines, based on the owner’s previous experience, that the personal property subject to the lien created by ORS 87.687 (Self-service storage facility owner’s possessory lien) has a value of more than $300, the owner shall cause an advertisement of the sale to be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the city or county in which the self-service storage facility is located. If there is no newspaper of general circulation in the city or county, the advertisement must be posted in not fewer than six conspicuous places in the neighborhood in which the self-service storage facility is located. The advertisement must include:

(a) The address of the self-service storage facility, the number, if any, of the space where the personal property is located and the name of the occupant.

(b) The time, place and manner of the sale.

(3) The sale of the personal property may not take place earlier than 15 days after the first advertisement, publication or posting concerning the sale. The sale must conform to the terms stated in the advertisement published or posted under this section.

(4) The owner may conduct the lien sale without obtaining a license and may offer the personal property for sale on a publicly accessible website that regularly offers personal property for auction or sale, but the owner shall complete the sale of the personal property at the self-service storage facility or at a suitable place closest to where the personal property is held or stored.

(5)(a) If the owner does not receive any bids at the public sale held under this section, the owner may dispose of the personal property in another manner at the owner’s sole discretion. The owner may satisfy the lien created by ORS 87.687 (Self-service storage facility owner’s possessory lien) and reasonable expenses associated with the disposition from the proceeds of the disposition 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 two years after the date of the disposition, the owner shall presume the balance is abandoned and shall report and deliver the balance as provided in ORS 98.352 (Report of abandoned property).

(b) The owner, an employee of the owner, an affiliate or relative of the owner or an associate or relative of the employee may not acquire, directly or indirectly, property that is subject to disposal under this section.

(6)(a) If personal property that is subject to the lien is a motor vehicle, watercraft or trailer, the owner may have the personal property towed away from the self-service storage facility if:

(A) Rent and other charges for storing the personal property at the self-service storage facility remain unpaid for 60 days or more; and

(B) The owner sends notice as provided in ORS 87.689 (Notice of foreclosure and sale).

(b) An owner is not liable for damage to personal property that a tower removes from the self-service storage facility once the tower takes possession of the personal property.

(c) A tower has a lien on personal property the tower removes from the self-service storage facility for reasonable towing and storage charges as provided in ORS 98.812 (Towing and storage of unlawfully parked vehicle).

(7) Before a sale or other disposition of personal property under 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 receiving payment, the owner shall return the personal property, and thereafter the owner has no liability with respect to the personal property.

(8) After a sale under this section, the owner may satisfy the lien created by ORS 87.687 (Self-service storage facility owner’s possessory 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 two years after the date of sale, the owner shall presume that the balance of the proceeds is abandoned and shall report and deliver the balance as provided in ORS 98.352 (Report of abandoned property).

(9) A purchaser in good faith of the personal property sold to satisfy a lien created by ORS 87.687 (Self-service storage facility owner’s possessory lien) takes the property free of any rights of persons against whom the lien was valid, even if the owner does not comply with the requirements of this section and ORS 87.689 (Notice of foreclosure and sale). [1997 c.374 §5; 2009 c.374 §1; 2013 c.209 §6]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 87—Statutory Liens, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors087.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.