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UK Website Unites Homeowners With Renters


A newly launched online social marketplace aims to help U.K. homeowners rent out extra space in their homes to local people looking for self-storage space as an alternative to traditional self-storage facilities. (SmS) enables homeowners looking to rent unused attic space, spare rooms, basements and garages to people looking for storage. Founder Imran Azam was inspired to launch the online service a year ago after a neighbor asked if she could store her children’s bikes in his garage while her home was renovated.

Registered users are able to list, search, communicate and come to an agreement with other members through the site’s private messaging system. Members are encouraged to build up their profiles with photos, background information and personal testimonials. The service is free for those seeking storage. SmS charges storage providers a one-time fee equivalent to a week’s storage once storage is booked.


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