ShareLet, a Christchurch, New Zealand-based startup, has launched a peer-to-peer marketplace for self-storage services in the region. Similar to other shared-economy networks, the company provides an online platform where people in need of storage can find local hosts willing to rent available space.
Hosts can rent space as small as a cupboard to as large as a commercial barn. Hosts and those seeking storage can currently connect through the ShareLet website for free, though founder Leo Adriano intends to add a small fee once the service has enough profiles, he told the source.
Once connected, interested parties make their own rental agreements. Guidelines are available through the ShareLet website including “current commercial rates,” the source reported.
"The self-storage industry is booming on a global basis, but building or adapting premises come with high costs that are passed on,” Adriano said. "I thought there would be many people or businesses and organizations New Zealand-wide that could benefit from ShareLet to optimize any available space and earn some money, or alternatively to reduce costs.”
Adriano has 30 years of experience in construction, design and project management. He launched ShareLet at the Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus business center with support from the Ministry of Awesome, a Christchurch group that assists startups and is funded through the city and behind grants, according to the source.