SOUTHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI -- I am SO disgusted with Public Storage... ever since they have taken over from SHURGARD it has been a hassle. I have 2 large (garage size) climate controlled units since they opened that location in 1998. After they took over, they raise the monthly rent once or twice a year. They are nothing like SHURGARD, who was fabulous. When I complain, they will take a few dollars off one unit??? I have asked them to help me find a unit in the same hall, so that I can get my 2 units condensed down to one. They never have in over 8 years.(even though I was promised this courtesy more than once). I am on a fixed income & now have serious health problems.
The last two years when they've had increases, I have begged them for a break, they do not care, basically they told me I could move out to another place, knowing that this is nearly impossible. They just hope they can keep all the contents & auction off if I don't pay. There is absolutely NO reason for these constant substantial increases! I've gone over there & the temperature was way above climate control (that damages stored items!).
There was also a nest of dead baby mice & rat poop everywhere, also some chewed, damaged items in my storage unit! I just got yet another $20 rate increase & I'm sick of this. In 16 years, I've never missed a payment on TWO units & I'm usually a week or two early with my payment! It's unfair & ridiculous NOT to reward customers like me!! Someone needs to put this greedy corporation out of business. I despise them & their practices & attitude.
16217 N DALE MABRY HWY, TAMPA, FL 33618, FLORIDA -- Moving from North Carolina to the Tampa area, my husband and I had to find storage for all of our 3 bedroom homes belongings. Some needed climate control and some did not and some needed storage for just a week or so, until our apartment was ready for move in. The on site manager ** provided all of that for us, working with us to save as much money as possible and set us up with the exact storage needed. The location is also very nice and clean, with plenty of parking space and easy access in and out of gates. Had no problem maneuvering our 26 foot truck.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Every single year they hit me with a rate increase. Been with them for three years - pay on time each month but yet they think they have you because you will not move out until you are ready. Hit me with almost a 10% increase this year. That's nuts. I called customer service and got a lady that was very rude and didn't care one way or the other if I stayed. Guess business is good and they don't care if they lose a good customer as long as they can jack up the rent. Never has the rent went down.
I checked and there are other storage companies in the area with a lot less rental charges. I will tell you the place is clean but if you plan to stay over a year I would 110% look at another company - this one just doesn't care about keeping the customer happy.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO -- I and members of my family have been customers since 1990, at various times, of the Public Storage at Parkmoor Village Drive. Although we have never had any problems, we have been more satisfied with the service since Angie has been at this location.
Angie is knowledgeable, accommodating and provides confidence and security for her customers. She is always courteous, friendly and goes out of her way to meet individual customer's needs. I have had to use other storage facilities for short term periods, but have never received the type of exceptional service Angie provides. As long as Angie remains at this facility, I will always use this facility and recommend it to others.
LORTON, VIRGINIA -- The staff at the Public storage 24233 - Lorton/Richmond Highway always provide me with excellent customer service. They know me by name and they know my storage places. They have been helpful many times waiting for me to get there after being stuck on traffic to pay my rent. They help me by bringing me the dolly and changing my light bulb when it went off. They were very respectful and accommodating. I will always recommend their storage to any of my family, friends that may need a storage space. That is the kind of people I always like to do business with.
NORTH HILLS, CALIFORNIA -- First of all I was given and explained all the rules and regulations. Once Ron confirmed that I understood all of them, he asked if I had any questions. Then, he showed me a very nice and clean unit. He asked if I had a lock and when I said yes, he took me back to the office to fill out the paperwork. He was very polite and informative and very helpful. He even helped me park the moving truck by directing me as to when and where to turn, so I'd have no trouble moving my stuff in and out.
When I moved out, he prorated my rent and asked me to come back anytime. I will definitely rent from them again. Thank you Ron & Jessica, you are the best. By the way, all storage companies require you to purchase insurance unless you can prove you are already covered. It is for your protection as well.
MAHOPAC, NEW YORK -- These guys are BAD BUSINESS!!! When I made the reservation, I inquired about how much they would raise the rent on my $236.00/month unit every year. I was told that a lot of the time, they don't even raise it. Well, imagine my surprise when, after only 6 months, they sent me a notice that they would be raising the cost of my unit by $25.00/month after only SIX MONTHS!!! You know what that screams to me? It screams "WE'RE GOING TO RIP YOU OFF NOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR STUFF"!!!!!!! Someone should let Public Storage know that it's customary and expected to have a rate increase after one year. NOT SIX MONTHS!
When you call the customer service line they tell you that your unit is priced "under market value" and they can raise it up to market value whenever they want (month to month). So does that mean that they can get you in for a really cheap price and after six months, raise it up to whatever they want or claim the market value is? Please remember this, people. Make sure you know exactly what these rip off artists are going to charge you and when they are going to start raising the rates. They are sneaky! They are thieves and don't even try to hide it. Watch out!
EDMONDS, WASHINGTON -- I strongly caution anybody considering using this company, at this location (Hywy 99 in Edmonds) or anywhere else. The on-site facility managers (at least at this location) are pleasant enough, but they do not give accurate information about the financial end of things and/or are not themselves supplied with up-to-date information, so that you may easily end up with substantial unanticipated expenses, and good luck trying to get anybody at their billing or collections offices to handle the situation.
Last November, I took over a unit from a family member who had allowed it it to become seriously delinquent. I was told how much was owing on it, and assured that if it was cleaned out by the end of the month, there would be no further charges on it. In fact, I was told that if it was cleaned out by the 6th of the following month, all that would be owed was a proration on December's rent.
I paid the balance and cleaned it out by the end of the month (the 29th, actually). I went in to the office to let the on-site manager know it was now vacant and unlocked. I asked him if there was anything that needed to be signed to confirm that, and he assured me, not once but three times, that everything was complete and there would be no further charges. On the same day, I also emailed the contact email address from the company's website, again confirming that I had vacated as of the end of November.
In early December, I received a bill for December rent. I called the local office and left a detailed message confirming I had vacated at the end of November; I asked for a call-back if there was any question about it. I assumed that perhaps the December billing had gone out before the November 29th vacancy had been recorded, and when I didn't hear anything back, nor receive any follow-up billing, I assumed it had been taken care of.
Then in January, I received a call from a collection agency, saying the December bill had been assigned to collections. From there, it has been an ongoing hassle. The first live person I was able to reach said I had been charged because of a "slow" vacating. But she couldn't explain how vacating completely in November could result in December charges. The next person I spoke with said that the unit was a "pay at the end of the month" unit, so the very substantial amount I had paid earlier in the month had not included the charges for November.
Of course, this is directly opposite to what I was told by the on-site unit manager when I came in to pay: He assured me several times that the $800+ in charges I was paying covered everything through the end of November, including all delinquencies, and he even waived a part of one of the late charges, and assured me that if I vacated by the end of that month, there would be no further charges.
So either he lied or the collections office is lying, or one or both are incompetent, but so far I've spend almost two hours on the phone trying to get this resolved, with absolutely zero progress and a likely serious hit to my excellent credit score. The collections office number isn't answered by live operators, and invites you to call customer service for "immediate assistance."
After spending 15 minutes explaining the situation to customer service, she said she couldn't do anything about it, and offered to transfer me to the collections office, which, of course, still had no live operators. After leaving a message, I did get a prompt call back, but another 15 minutes of explanation was met with the bizarre story that what I had paid in November, supposedly all charges through the end of the month, didn't include the November rent, and I'd have to talk to the District Manager. Calling the number she gave me got me a staff directory that did not include the name she gave me.
After calling back three times and choosing three random names from the directory I finally got a live person who said he was in a "different department" and promised to email the district manager to call me, but claimed not to have his email address and was going to have to get it from somebody else. One run-around after another. If you need storage, be aware you are taking major chances with your wallet, your credit score and your schedule by doing business with Public Storage. My advice: Don't do it.
CALIFORNIA -- Upon going to a public storage facility to set up storage for my household belongings I was somewhat taken back by their ethical practices or lack thereof. When initially meeting the site manager he showed me the facilities and the sizes which was OK. However, he took me to what seemed to be the worst storage unit in his facility. It was old and musty and smelled of mold. He seemed pretty unhappy when I asked him if he had any other units for rent.
After finding a unit which fit my needs and didn't smell of must we began to fill out the paperwork. To my surprise the first month was only 1 dollar. Being that moved in at the end of the month he prorated the current month and only charged me 1 dollar for the second month. However, he had done the same and stated to me that Insurance was Mandatory as well as having to purchase their over priced locks which they have for sale. I reviewed the contract and asked him specifically about the requirements for moving out. He simply stated that I just needed to give him a 48 hours notice prior to vacating the unit.
After a few months of using the unit I move out on the 12th of the month ensuring that I give the manager his 48 hours. I showed him it was clean and ready for the next tenant. He takes me to his front counter, gathers some information and done. I ask him about a refund since I am only using the unit for half a month and that they prorated my first month moving in so they should prorate me for moving out.
Of course he says he cannot give me a refund and that if I had informed them on the 1st of the month they would have prorated my rent for that month and given me a refund. Well that didn't sit well with me considering that he specifically told me that all he required was a 48 hour notice in order to move out.
I was furious that I was losing out on the hard earned money I had worked for just so that they can keep it. So I called customer service and informed them of what had happened and they referenced the contract which I had signed that I will contact the public storage on the 1st of the month if I plan on terminating service so they can prorate my payment required for that month and that failure to do so is a forfeiture the left over amount.
I believe that Public Storage managers need be tested for ethics as well as properly informing their clients of the move in and out procedures. To me what this manager had done was very shady and unethical and probably occurs to other consumers as well. Also, if they can prorate the rent for my moving in to a storage unit then why can they not prorate me for moving out? Seems like a crime to me.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- The following is the verbatim version of my video clip on YouTube I'd posted and placed a link yesterday. Several years ago I started to rent from Public Storage Inc. Shoreline, WA. Along with my household, family heirlooms, my birth certificate, my art and art supplies, keys to my home, my address, my signature, my social security number, the title to my car, private medical documents, practically my life.
I put everything into storage to focus on my health. My bills were paid as initially arranged by the 10th of each month. On a few occasion I was late. I always paid all of the late and lien fees, even when they caused them. I was too sick to rebuttal w/ a large company like that. This time I am determined to "defend" myself. I hope w/ this video clip to reach others out there who either had the same or similar experiences w/ Public Storage Inc. and united our complaints lead to an investigation of Public Storage Inc.'s punitive, mafia or camorra like business practices and someone levies heavy fines against them in the thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Here is my last experience w/ Public Storage Inc.: On September 1st I noticed at my bank that my negative balance was caused by Public Storage Inc.'s UNAUTHORIZED withdrawal of funds -of an already paid unit for the month of August 2009- I almost got a nervous breakdown. On August 27 they took amounts $254 & $267, causing not only 2 fees of $ 35 for each amount, but subsequently additional fees like for charges for 5 Lattes, now each at ~$40, and the fees of other places I drank or ate. The bank's assistant manager called the PS's national telephone contact number on my behalf because I was too distressed.
A female voice told us apologetically that there was a computer glitch in their system that caused the withdrawals of numerous credit cards and I have to contact the District Manager ** to get the charges reversed. We immediately called that # she gave us and left a message urging the amount to be immediately reversed. I called the following days on several occasions w/o being able to reach the District manager in person.
5 days later I received a call from District Manager **. He offered no apology, additional explanation or proper customer service. Instead I was receiving conflicting answers -no he was attacking me verbally! I began to inform District Manager ** that I incurred additional fees to the ones Public Storage Inc. had caused but he interrupted and accused me of having made the payment online myself. I told him that since <5 yrs I make my payments on the 10th latest on a regular basis.
He then attempted to explain "cookies" to me, insisting that "cookies" (!) in my computer are responsible for the payment!! Was this a joke? His attitude and demeanor stuck me as rude, and extremely un-professional. I stated to District Manager ** that if no valid explanation as well as a reversal of the amount they unauthorized took and the fees they'd caused could be provided then I would be contacting his Superiors. He laughed.
I added I would also talk to the Seattle Police Department and my Banks Fraud department. District Manager ** then said, "Maybe if you paid your bills on time, then you would not have this problem." Instantly I felt humiliated, disrespected and embarrassed at his utterly ridiculous and offensive comment. I tried to hold back the tears that began to form... when I stated to District Manager ** that he was to never comment to a customer of their timely payment in that fashion. He then offered no apology again, and repeated the offensive comment for the second time!
Adding the possibility of my property being auctioned off. Above all, District Manager ** does not have any insight into my personal or financial stability. I have NEVER been so embarrassed and mortified by an individual that works for a business in which I am paying for services.
The next weeks I spend making calls to contact numbers published or given to me by the national telephone contact # 1-800-688-8057. Many #s were consistently incorrect and then all I got were various additional #s and very limited voice-mail menus. There's no way to reach a person, #s had changed, names I was given were not in the Company's directory, that specific office I was trying to reach had now moved to Oregon etc. At one point I started to leave my complain and contact at every phone# I was directed to.
On September 25 @ 9:52 I received a call from a female voice @ Public Storage Inc. that they will return $ 254 back into my account. My questions in regards to the fees they caused were not only ignored but she just hung up the phone on me. On September 28 2009 Public Storage Inc. returned $ 254. I was left w/ not only the fees to pay at my Bank, Starbucks, and OliveYou but ironically accrued additional fees for the storage units I am renting from Public Storage Inc.
Time was of the essence here, because the rent is due latest by the 10th of each month to avoid late charges, lien fees etc. Instead Public Storage Inc. handled this matter in particular w/ extreme time delay, no responsiveness and thus using their punitive practices to their benefit, while trying to bury the fact of unauthorized and untimely charges they initiated and being able to do so when de facto w/ the CORRECT option of "one time payment" (which I regularly used) they should have never be able to do.
On October 8th The Fraud Department of Chase Bank informed me as long I am still customer of Public Storages Inc. they cannot investigate it as fraud. Go figure! Seattle Police stated I am watching too much CSI and they would not check or compare IP-addresses of who instigated payments and since my debit card was used to pay my storage unit, it is more of harassment than crime. They suggested going to small claims court instead.
. Something is very wrong here! Since over one month I am drowning in fees I didn't cause, surviving almost penniless and now @ the risk losing everything I have, while having wasted valuable time focusing mainly on Public Storages Inc. to get this last matter resolved the right way. I was hoping that once my treatment is completed successfully I would reunite w/ my belongings. They are all what I've left from a healthy and happy life.