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    03-14-2012, 05:35 PM
  #11
Weanling
Joe4D: Not sure what the OP's contract says, but most are worded in a manner that allows the barn owner to modify the terms with reasonable notice. Most courts consider 7 days "reasonable" notice, depending upon the situation. Granted, it would be nice of OP to give at least 30 day (or, on whichever paying interval is specified in the contract) notice, and would allow the boarder whose trailer is parked the opportunity to remove it and not incur additional fees, or, allow some time to prepare for the added costs. Sounds like he/she is going above and beyond that in an effort to be fair.

Joe, if you ever think it is okay to "have words" with your BO, it is probably best that you just give your required notice and leave. Open hostility is NEVER okay.

To the OP: call around to local "storage" facilities, that specialize in storing trailers/campers. Around here, $25 seems to be the going rate for a trailer/camper the size of a 2 horse slant load. Be fair! You are doing the right thing by giving people a heads up - don't get discouraged if people want to discuss it with you, you have good reason to start charging! Settle on the price and let people know ASAP.
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    03-14-2012, 06:19 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Humm so I should be required to give notice to keep up my end of the agreement but it is OK for the BO to renege on their end ?

Hey if your contracts up up for renewal that's fine go for it. You asked what you should charge. I answered you shouldnt charge anything until the contracts renew. Despite the legal jargon a deal is a deal. You agreed to charge X money for Y service for whatever the term of your lease is. Its wrong to change that mid stream. But issues like this is one reason I hate boarding and am glad I no longer have to.
But if I was boarding and you suddenly decide to change the services we agreed to I would be letting you know how I felt. Course I wouldnt have ever signed a "we can change fees anytime we want" clause.

From a business standpoint as long as demand doesnt drop off, or the amount you can charge for normal board doesnt drop off you can charge what you like., MAybe call storage places in your area see what the going rate for boat/ trailer storage is. Would give you an idea of local prices.
     
    03-14-2012, 07:12 PM
  #13
Trained
It's all just food for thought Maverick, I don't think any of us is writing a new Gospel according to.........! I know here in OK there's usually not a parking problem at people's homes, they would most likely have plenty of room to store their own trailers. Downtown OKC? Maybe not and it would be a valuable added service to the boarder. I'm not there, so not something I need to deal with.

I do know, if I offered trailer parking, there would have to be a charge because a/I'd build a covered structure to park them in, b/ I'd have to pave a driveway to the rear of my property where I'd want them stored and c/I'd have to change my fencing to keep horses out of the area, all of which would include considerable cost to put on the property. Since I would not be doing that for my own convenience, the boarders whose trailers were left here would have to foot that bill. So, glad I don't have to go there!

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    03-14-2012, 08:41 PM
  #14
Weanling
And I'm not charging anything atm. I'm giving over 2 1/2 months notice that we will no longer be able to park trailers for free.
My email was worded thusly....

"Dear (insert stable name) Boarder.
Due to future expansion of the northern pasture and paddocks we have all been looking forward to, we will no longer be able to offer trailer parking at no cost, as the trailers will now be located in an area that will require more maintenance (the open grass aarea next to round pen and work shed)this is a higher traffic area, which will result in a having trailers moved etc on a more regular basis to enusre the barn area stays clean and safe for all those who use it.
This change will not be taking place till beginning of June. There fore no fee will be added to any bills until that time.
You are more then welcome to find alternate parking for your trailer off site, or keep your trailer here w us.
As usual feel free to grab me at the barn. Email or call me if you have any questions or concerns. The amount of monthly charge per trailer will be set out as soon as possible. Either w in the next week and no later then your next invoice. This will give you at min 2 months to make arrangements.
We are also open to any ideas or suggestions of alternate areas, and of course any concerns you may have."

I think the above email gives people ample time to find alternate place, or confront me w concerns.

I think I'm being more then fair.

And yes most people here would have space at their homes etc, but just keep here out of convience. I'm not doing this to make money, that being said my time and my staffs time is money, so that why the new fee.

I'm thinking a charge of bewteen 25-50 is adequate.
Just wanted some feed back as to what other places charge.
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    03-14-2012, 09:02 PM
  #15
Trained
Maverick, I see you are in Canada, where abouts?
     
    03-14-2012, 09:26 PM
  #16
Banned
I think $25-30 a month would be reasonable.
     
    03-14-2012, 10:15 PM
  #17
Showing
I'm thinking $25 is on the low side. How long does it take you to hook up a trailer, move it, put it back and unhook? 20 min? 30 min? Plus your fuel. When the grass is growing like mad you will be moving the trailer twice a week. $45 mo is reasonable
     
    03-14-2012, 10:30 PM
  #18
Trained
If it's in the lower mainland of BC, it's going to be more expensive, think Manhattan like Joe said.
     
    03-14-2012, 11:12 PM
  #19
Weanling
Joe: Sorry if I wasn't clear: it depends on the OPs contract. Again, most have "notice" clauses to protect both BO and boarders interests. This is all assuming that there IS a contract... My point was that he CAN change the prices, like it or not. HOWEVER, if he gives reasonable notice, there would be no need to get upset: adequate notice allows you, the boarder, the opportunity to fulfill the obligations you agreed to, and adjust where necessary if you don't like the new fees. I.e: if your contract requires 30 day notice for termination, you'd be paid (at your agreed upon rate, no add on, yet) for that time if freetrailer parking is a necessary thing for you :) or, at the very least, allows you to make alternate trailer plans if you don't want to pay. Does that make more sense?
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    03-14-2012, 11:16 PM
  #20
Weanling
Maverick: Sounds like you have a great start :) goooooood luck!
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