Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Washington State
I've never understood the whole 30 days notice thing, just because it seems kind of greedy for BO's to expect someone to pay for board when they are NOT going to be there.
Sure, you lose some monthly income, but you should have such a good budget, that losing a boarder doesn't disrupt it.
I mean, that's like a business owner (say...a dog groomer for instance with a repeat customer) charging the dog owner for a groom next month, when the dog isn't going to be groomed that month for...reasons. That's just dumb. If I had a business owner tell me "Oh, well, even though you aren't going to be buying/using our product/facilities next month, we still have to charge you anyway, because otherwise we will get behind on our bills." I would RUN.
And I know that a LOT of barns have the 30 days notice, so it's hard to avoid. But perhaps the BO's need a better marketing strategy or something if they have to charge boarders for leaving? Because isn't that what they're doing? Sure, boarders can still give notice that they're moving, whether it be a day, a week, or a month, but it's up to the BO to either find a new boarder to fill that spot, or be able to handle the expenses without that boarders' money.
Afterall, after that 30 days of "extra" board, the BO will be without if they haven't yet filled the spot. So just seems silly to charge it in the first place.