Jersey City’s Rent Control Law: Will You Need Self-Storage Options?

Rent sign posted outside house

We’ve seen stories in the news over the past year about Jersey City Council considering rent control legislation.

And this got us thinking about the number of apartments in the city and about the sizing of the available housing around Jersey City and the potential increased need for Jersey City storage options.

Jersey City is a city of renters, with nearly three-quarters of the city’s residents living in rental properties.

And those renters are struggling, with some giving up anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of their income to stay in their homes.

That’s according to findings by a group of Jersey City Council members who are pushing for reforms to the city’s rent control laws.

New legislation under consideration would create protections against intimidation and harassment from landlords. It also requires landlords to include details about rent control in lease agreements and expands rent control to cover companies that own more than 50 units of housing.

“The draft rent control ordinance will end abuses of Jersey City’s rent control system, crackdown on landlords who failed to register up to 10,000 rent-controlled apartments, and implement stronger tenant protections to fight displacement of long-term residents,” Council President Joyce Watterman and Councilman James Solomon – co-chairs of the rent control committee – said in a statement published in the Hudson County View in January.

No matter how this all plays out, Jersey City will remain a city of renters. And those renters, new and old alike, will need a place to keep their stuff.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of some of the elements you should look for when seeking Jersey City storage.

1. Is it accessible?

Look for a storage facility that provides you with convenience: flexible hours of operation, easy loading/unloading through drive-up access or online account management.

2. Climate control

When you choose a Jersey City storage unit with climate control, you’re ensuring your items stay safe from extreme temperatures and humidity.

That’s important if you’re storing artwork, antiques, electronics, DVDs or CDs, photos, film or old VHS or cassette tapes, important documents and virtually any wood, metal or leather furniture. If you live somewhere that gets very hot or very cold, climate control should be a consideration.

And ask the operators what their climate control entails. It should include proper heating and air conditioning, not just a fan and ventilation.

3. Security

While locking the door to your storage unit is a good idea, a reliable storage center will go a few steps further in terms of securing your belongings. Look for video surveillance, door alarms and a screening system that asks potential renters to submit multiple forms of identification.

4. Cleanliness

Clean storage facilities tend to have clean storage units. Ask about the cleaning and maintenance schedule and inspect an empty unit before you move in.

5. One size doesn’t fit all

We said earlier that Jersey City is a city of renters. But of course, Jersey City storage needs will differ from person to person, house to house. A good storage facility will offer a variety of differently sized units, letting you make decisions depending on your needs.

So take a look at Delta Storage, which operates a facility here in Jersey City – along with sister outlets in Bayonne and Brooklyn.

From our climate-controlled units to top-notch security system, we make sure our renters always feel confident turning their belongings over to us. Contact us today to arrange a tour.