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  • Trailer Parking Fee

    Quick question...If a boarding barn charges a fee to park one's trailer, is that barn then liable for any damages to the trailer? I've heard yes and I've heard no.

    Even if the barn has you sign a usual waiver for boarding there, are they liable for any damages that might happen to your trailer because they charge money?

    I've heard that if they don't charge money, they're not liable.

    Thanks for any info.



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    Short answer: Depends on the state.

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    • #3
      Ask your car insurance provider.

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        Originally posted by Avilene View Post
        Quick question...If a boarding barn charges a fee to park one's trailer, is that barn then liable for any damages to the trailer? I've heard yes and I've heard no.

        Even if the barn has you sign a usual waiver for boarding there, are they liable for any damages that might happen to your trailer because they charge money?

        I've heard that if they don't charge money, they're not liable.

        Thanks for any info.

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        When I had a boarding barn, I allowed boarders to park without an extra fee. I had the room. I had some clause my lawyer put in addressing damage. I no longer have a boarding facility, so someone may have additional information.

        No- automatically just because they charge money does not mean they are liable.
        It isn't a bailment situation like some paid parking garages. Presumably your storing your trailer there for a prolonged period while maintaining possession and able to retrieve your trailer at any point on your own. Negligence would be a different story.


        My trailer and my boarders' were insured. I guess if there had been damage we would have discussed the deductible, if it was the farm's fault in some way.
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        • #5
          Obviously check your state law, but in general, no, a boarding barn would not be responsible in most instances unless the owner or one of their employees caused the damage. If your car was parked in a paid lot, would you hold the owner of the lot responsible for dings and dents or even a hit and run? Of course not--unless you can prove that the owner of the lot was the one that ran into your car.

          If you are the BO, I would advise you to consult a lawyer and include language in your boarding contract that clarifies that you are not responsible for damage to vehicles parked on your property.

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          • #6
            Property insurance for your trailer is pretty darn cheap. Mine costs $38 a year. I have allowed boarders to leave their trailers on my property. They just need to have trailer insurance. If the trailer is damaged by our negligence (e.g. Mr IF accidentally runs into the trailer with his tractor) then our CGL policy would cover it.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Avilene View Post
              Quick question...If a boarding barn charges a fee to park one's trailer, is that barn then liable for any damages to the trailer? I've heard yes and I've heard no.

              Even if the barn has you sign a usual waiver for boarding there, are they liable for any damages that might happen to your trailer because they charge money?

              I've heard that if they don't charge money, they're not liable.

              Thanks for any info.

              Proximal cause determines liability. If they run into it with another trailer, yes. If a storm blows the roof off the trailer, no.
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