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  • Exit strategy, BO edition

    As a BO and/or a boarder would you rather get 30day notice or the notice that Dec 31 is last day of operation and have the extra time to find a new boarding place?

  • #2
    December 31st and know now.


    • #3
      If I'm a boarder and the barn is going out of operation I would hope that they advise me of this at the earliest possible date to allow me to have the most time to research other barn options and arrange a new place.

      Frankly, I would be supremely cross with a facility that had known it was closing operations for some time but didn't inform clients until 30days out.


      • #4
        If the barn is closing then they should give the boarders as much time as possible to find a new place. Even more so if they are in an area where winter boarding with similar accommodations become hard to find that time of year.


        • #5
          Let them know asap. You will loose some boarders sooner but your name won't be dragged in the mud.


          • #6
            I would let them know ASAP. It is not always easy nor quick to find other accommodations.


            • #7
              if the reason for closing is not wishing to run into a new taxing year you need to close before Dec 31st in order to finish up the books


              • #8
                You also need to do the notice in writing, and have everyone sign for their letter to show they received it. I would say 31 Dec is the date they need to be gone, and no animals or belongings after that date will be tolerated.
                Last edited by JanM; Sep. 11, 2018, 09:30 PM.
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                • #9
                  I don’t understand how this is a question. OP what would you prefer as a boarder? More time right?
         An OT forum for CoTHers to give our dear Mods a break


                  • #10
                    To have only 30 days would be bad enough but to get that notice December 1 would be especially unkind given how many people have travel and vacation plans in December. Tell your boarders immediately, in writing, all at the same time. Clearly state what notice you expect - ie if they're leaving sooner you expect 30 days notice, if you do - and anything else they need to know (like that everyone and everything has to be out no later than 5 pm December 31, if that's the case).
                    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket


                    • #11
                      I think any boarder would prefer having more time to look at other boarding barns and get on wait lists if needed. As the owner, you need to be aware that if you give notice now the boarders may give the required 30 days notice and be out at the end of October instead of December. If my barn was closing and I found a barn I liked, I’d move before the dead of winter if I could.


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by JanM View Post
                        You also need to do the notice in writing, and have everyone sign for their letter to show they received it. I would say 31 Dec is the date they need to be gone, and no animals or belongings at that date will be tolerated.
                        Thank you, I think this was the answer I was looking for. I obviously didn’t word it right.


                        • #13
                          if there are a lot of people involved you need to give them as much time and leeway in getting into a new situation. Personally, the 30 days notice rule should be waved. You are not going to refill the spot. YOu may wish to give some thought to advising trainers in your area that you are closing and that clients will be seeking new situations. Particularly true if you are dealing with barns where a significant part of their time is going to be at winter season shows.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by twcolabear View Post
                            Thank you, I think this was the answer I was looking for. I obviously didn’t word it right.
                            What does your boarding contract say about giving notice? I agree that plenty of advance notice is better from both perspectives. Otherwise you may really leave boarders upset and scrambling, and you don't want any retaliation.

                            I would even consider having a boarder meeting and announce it, letting them know they will be receiving formal letters in the coming days.
                            "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."


                            • #15
                              I was once at a facility that was sold (quietly, no one knew it was for sale). When they announced the sale, we were told that nothing would change. 30 days later, we were all given 30 days to get out. 80+ horses on the street in an area chock full of horses and not nearly that many open stalls.

                              I was fortunate that I had a Plan B and C and was able to move my multiple horses without issue. A lot of other people were not so lucky.

                              Back on subject, as a boarder I would much appreciate the advanced notice of the December 31st date to give me time to find the right place for my horse(s), not just some place. The horse world is small, and you should treat your boarders as fairly as possible,


                              • #16
                                There's almost always stragglers, and if you have to be out by December 31, I would require boarders be out sooner than that. Sucks it's around the holidays. I'd provide notice NOW, and require they're out by December 1 or December 15.

                                A friend of mine had to close her program due to a horrible landlord. She went the extra mile and comprised a list of local barn recommendations for her clients - barns she knew had similar programs and had space for several new boarders. Her boarders really appreciated the help, I believe.
                                "The best of any breed is the thoroughbred horse..." - GHM



                                • #17
                                  Notice asap


                                  • #18
                                    As much time as possible with no 30 day requirement from your boarders. Especially if completely unexpected this will be a complete blow for someone. Today, tell them today.
                                    Let me apologize in advance.


                                    • #19
                                      I agree with as much notice as possible with a deadline. I'd do it verbally and advise you are following with a letter. If your notice is amending a contract waive notification by your boarders. You should also address holdovers as mentioned in this thread. Calling around to other barns would be a lovely courtesy to your clients. Good luck. Hope you're not closing due to emergency.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by mmeqcenter View Post
                                        There's almost always stragglers, and if you have to be out by December 31, I would require boarders be out sooner than that. Sucks it's around the holidays. I'd provide notice NOW, and require they're out by December 1 or December 15.

                                        A friend of mine had to close her program due to a horrible landlord. She went the extra mile and comprised a list of local barn recommendations for her clients - barns she knew had similar programs and had space for several new boarders. Her boarders really appreciated the help, I believe.
                                        Concur. Set the departure date before the end date and that gives you AND your clients reasonable chances of orderly moving.

                                        It also allows you to deal with "stragglers." Query: what does your local law say about folks who haven't paid their board? Since you have a "drop dead date" of 12/31 how do you deal with someone who won't pay and won't move? Or who just walks away? If you've a good clientele this might not be an issue but you never know. What you don't want is to get business pulled into the next year.

                                        You might want to run your program past your attorney and have them ready to help you deal with problems.

                                        Best of luck as you go forward.

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