How secure are my belongings in storage?
At Public Storage, we offer several premium self-storage security and safety features. Most of our facilities are equipped with alarm systems, electronic gate access with personalized access code, 24-hour video surveillance, and sprinkler systems.
Do I need a credit card to rent?
We do not require a credit card to rent or to reserve a unit, nor do we require it for billing purposes. For monthly payments, you can pay in person with cash or debit card, or online with Interac debit. You can also sign up in the rental office for our Automated Payment Plan and have funds automatically withdrawn from your bank account each month, via pre-authorized debit.
When can I access my storage unit?
Your access is unlimited during gate access hours, which are generally from 5AM – 10PM every day. As long as you have your passcode handy and your unit key, you can come and go as often as you like, including holidays.
Do I need to sign a contract in order to rent a space?
We do not require a fixed-term contract which gives you maximum flexibility. In practice, this means that you have the freedom to rent a storage unit for as little or as long as you wish. You will need to sign a rental agreement at the time you move in, which continues on a month-to-month basis until you decide to move out.
The office at the rental location is closed but I need to speak to someone, what can I do?
If you cannot reach a property manager at any of our locations you can speak to one of the storage experts at our national call center. The call center is available after rental office hours to help you, and can be reached toll-free at (877) 777-8672 during the following times:
Mon – Sat: 8:00am – 10:00pm (EST)
Sun: 10:00am – 6:30pm (EST)
Please note that any billing inquiries relating to your account must be made directly with the property office during standard business hours.
Can I find your prices online?
We don’t post our prices directly online, since comparing storage units is not as simple or straightforward as comparing gas prices. There are many factors that go into determining the rental rate for a unit: for example, we consider location, accessibility, unit height, climate control, frequency of payment, and a multitude of other factors. There is no “standard” rent for a specific size, just as you won’t find a “standard” price for a 2-bedroom condo or apartment.
Chances are we have a space which suits your needs, at the price you’re looking for. We believe in the lost art of communication; we believe a quick conversation with one of our storage experts will ensure that you get the best value for your dollar, and no surprises. We promise it will only take a moment, and won’t hurt a bit!
What is “climate control” and do I need it?
For most storage purposes, climate control is largely nonessential; but for select delicate goods and other exceptions, climate control can assist to protect these types of items from damage such as warping, cracking, or even mildew. Our climate controlled units are maintained to prevent temperature extremes, and are generally kept within the range of 10°C – 25°C. This is accomplished through controlled heating in the winter, and air circulation/ventilation in the summer. Temperatures and air flow are preserved at an optimal level for storage, but not necessarily at room temperature. Maintaining temperature controls outside of this range is both unnecessary, and costly; we prefer to pass these savings on to you!
Are there any items that are prohibited in storage?
Yes. There are many hazardous items which pose various risks when placed in storage, and could increase the risk of damage to your goods and the goods of others, directly or indirectly. The stipulations around items you can store are clearly outlined in the lease you sign, but common examples include food, which attracts pests, other perishable goods, flammable materials such as propane, or materials with risk of explosion, such as firearms and ammunition, or paint canisters. In addition, tenants are also prohibited from storing hazardous materials anywhere on our premises. Should you have any questions about the safety of storing particular items, we recommend contacting the rental office or property manager directly for further information to address your specific concerns.
How does your billing work?
Our billing cycle is month-to-month, with no long-term contracts. You may move in or move out on any day during the month, however for simplicity, your rent is always due on the first of each month. Our monthly billing is not only convenient, but helps you save money; you make 12 rental payments in the year, compared with the 13 payments charged by many other self-storage companies with a 4-week billing cycle.
Do you prorate my rent if I’m not storing for a full month?
Rent at Public Storage is on a month-to-month basis; you pay for rent in full monthly segments. You may move in or move out of your space at any time during the month and will not be tied to a long term contract.
What are my payment options?
At Public Storage, you can pay in person at the location where you rent, online through our website, or via Automated Payment Plan.
We accept all 3 major credit cards – Visa, Master Card, and American Express – as well as Interac debit payments. For extra convenience, we also give you the option to pre-authorize your monthly payments either by credit card or debit for hassle-free account management, so you’ll never have to worry about missing a payment, or incurring late fees.
* Please note that payments cannot be made via telephone, and that the Public Storage Canada National Call Centre cannot process payments.
Why do I have to leave an alternate contact on my lease agreement?
If any emergency arises that may jeopardize or impact the goods that you are storing at Public Storage, we need a reliable way to notify you promptly and inform you of the circumstances. We will try our best to contact you immediately and deal with you directly, but there may be a scenario where you cannot be reached in the required period of time. In these cases, we will notify the designated alternate contact of the situation, and request their assistance to communicate with you to bring to your attention any urgent matter relating to your storage unit.
The alternate contact you provide at the time of rental is someone to whom you trust and authorize us to speak to on your behalf regarding your account, so that we may resolve the issue at hand. We will not discuss specific details of your account with your alternate or emergency contacts. Once the Property Manager has established (or re-established) communication with you, they will provide you with all of the pertinent details.
What should I do if I lose the key to my storage unit?
If you lose the key to your storage unit, you will need to have the lock removed by alternative means. For security reasons, property staff do not retain a spare key to any unit. You will have to arrange for a locksmith to remove the lock, obtain bolt cutters and remove the lock yourself, or complete a “Lock Cut Request Authorization Form” and have one of our staff schedule a time to remove the lock. In either instance, you must notify the Property Manager of the situation.
Do I need to have storage insurance?
Public Storage does not offer insurance, but has partnered with ‘Partners Indemnity Insurance Brokers’ to offer tenants the ability to purchase insurance at the time of rental, and include the cost of this insurance in the monthly rental payment.
By failing to protect your goods with an insurance program, you assume all risk of loss in the rare event that something should happen.