Glencairn storage facilities in Saskatchewan, Canada have the same problems other storage places have, even in the United States of America. One problem that comes up is customers forgetting to pay their storage space bills. A self-storage business is a business where people come to find a storage space to store their belongings. The storage spaces can be as big as a garage, or as small as a footlocker. There are all sizes in between. Some storage facilities charge the month’s rent on the first day of each month, or the anniversary date, which is the date they moved their stuff in. So once a month their storage bill is due. Some places give the customer a three-day grace period. A grace period is a period of time the customer can pay his or her bill without a penalty. Late fees occur when the customer is past three days paying. It could be ten dollars or more. After the first three days without a payment, more late fees can occur, and the late fees will add up. After another period of time with no payments, a manager must cut the customer’s lock off; replace it with a manager lock, which locks the customer out of his or her storage space.
There is a lock fee too. With Glencairn storage in Saskatchewan, Canada, we think the same is being done most of the time. Some American companies have built storage places or purchased existing ones and we know these policies are in place. Lock fees can be twenty-five dollars and up. All the fees can add up real fast. The manager of the storage place tries to call the customer who will not pay his bill at least three times a week. He or she tries to call at different times trying to reach the customer. In the United States of America, it is a law to do this, or you can never auction off the unpaid storage space.
Some Glencairn storage facilities owned by American companies practice this, but of course, Canadian laws might be different, as they might be different all over the world. Storage is becoming big business too in other parts of the world. In countries with limited space and small dwellings to live in, storage spaces are important. People moving from a big house to a small apartment need storage. Most people do not want to loose everything they have put in storage. Most people forget to pay the bill. Out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes. They simply forget to pay their storage bill, because some people never go to it. Some customers have storages spaces for years without ever seeing it again. You can see why they might forget once in a while to pay the bill. We had a customer from Canada in the United States, who after ten years, came to his storage space one day. We wanted to meet him because we saw his check every month from Canada. He was a fun guy, who had hockey sticks stored and other stuff too. We laughed about things and he explained his story. It was a matter of health care he said. He was sick and America was too expensive to get better in. Good luck.
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