I have a verbal contract to park a boat in a specified spot provided by an RV and Cabin Resort. When the spot was prepared and provided to me it was stated that I would never be required to pay rent. Now, three years later the park is demanding rent going forward. There are approximately 50 individuals in the same predicament with the park. My biggest concern is if the park can go from zero rent to $40 a month rent unilaterally what is to stop them from changing the rent from $40 to $400?
Thank you for any help you can provide.
First off, I'm not sure you even have a contract. A contract involves two parties exchanging "consideration". Here, the resort's consideration would be allowing you to use their property to store your boat. What consideration have you given them in exchange? Certainly not rent. If there is no exchange of consideration, then it generally isn't a contract. Next, even assuming there is consideration exchanged by both parties, Alabama requires a written contract for agreements which will not be carried out in less than one year ("statute of frauds"). If your agreement was supposed to be "no rent forever" then it would need to be in writing. If you really want to dig into this issue, then set up an appointment with a contracts attorney hear you, but my guess is that you should just count your blessings for being rent-free for so long and consider that you might need to find a new place to store the boat in the future.
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