More than 600 customers of Waikiki Self Storage in Hawaii are waiting to hear if they need to move their belongings out of storage due to possible eviction of the facility. Tenants received a call on Monday indicating the facility might be shut down and they should empty their units.
On Monday, customers found the storage office completely empty―including the lights―and an eviction notice posted on the door. On Wednesday the company’s corporate headquarters issued a second call saying the facility will stay open; now tenants aren’t sure what to do.
Facility manager Jenny Rodrigues said the landlord had raised the rent to an amount the owner couldn’t afford, and negotiations to downwardly adjust the rent had failed. Corporate had instructed the staff to vacate during the weekend, but now another self-storage company is willing to partner with Waikiki and help the facility pay rent.
Rodrigues and customers are awaiting final word on what will happen. In the meantime, customers debate whether to vacate.
Waikiki Self Storage has been in business for five years and has one more year left on its lease.
Source: Hawaii News Now, Chaos and confusion in self storage shake-up