Unfair Rate Increase
On May 29, 2014 I received a "Rate Change Notice" in the mail stating that "In order to maintain our high standards and provide you with the customer service you deserve, we find it necessary to increase your monthly rental rate effective June 28, 2014." The rate change went from $70 to $89 a month!! 27% or $228 more a year for a 10x5 storage unit over the course of a year, out of the blue. First I called the Clybourn number provided. Whoever answered the phone there acted as they knew nothing about it and said I needed to contact the Lisle manager and said they would forward my number to them, I waited, a little over a week, no response from Lisle. I then emailed my dissatisfaction to the [email address withheld] email address, again, almost a week, no response. Next I went into the office and talked to the manager Duane, he gave me the song and dance about cost of living increases, yada yada, I pushed more and said your bills have gone up 27% in 2 years? He fumbled around and said, "well we are trying to stay competitive with the other storage facilities" and proceeded to tell me how much more my unit would cost down the street. I thought staying competitive was keeping your costs low and I asked him, "so basically this is a cash grab, your competitors are charging more than you so you want more money too?" He said "yes." I explained my displeasure, said they are lying to their customers about providing better customer service since I couldn't even get a phone call back or an email, and demanded to talk to an owner or a manager.