Can a marina change the terms of the storage agreement after it was signed without authorization?

UPDATED: Dec 8, 2011

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Can a marina change the terms of the storage agreement after it was signed without authorization?

Can a marina (storing my ski boat) change the terms of my storage contract a year after it was signed? Basically, 4 months ago I was trying to get my little ski boat out of the marina and the owner claimed that the contract had auto-renewed. We had a heated argument and about 4 days later I got a certified letter in the mail from the marina demanding I pay the full year in advance at $155 per month (was paying month to month before at $130 per month). Also with the certified letter was a copy of the original contract in which she had crossed out $130 and wrote in $155 beside it.

Asked on December 8, 2011 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina


Hong Shen / Roberts Law Group

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Read their fine prints. It may have a clause for auto-renewal which if you did not terminate by giving a notice before a set time, the contract is automatically renewed. It is not an uncommon practice although I do not like it a bit. Now the dilemma is that if you terminat now, you may have to pay early termination fee, penalty, and perhaps a new place to put your boat. I would suggest to keep it. You have another 8 months to find another place and terminate this one if you wish.

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