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I could be wrong, but it seems to be a simple legal issue here. I don't care how much you pay, if the notice was short, if it's a bargain or how much anyone else pays. The bottom line is the contract. If they sent you a contract, you signed it and sent it back with a check and they cashed the check, it is an open and shut case. The contract is valid AND binding. The can sent anything they want after that and it is all toilet paper. They cannot change a contract they have entered into with you and must wait until the contract expires. BUT, placing a lit match in someone's shoe never wins any friends and if you go to the office waving your rights in their face, you may not like the look of the contract following this one. I would simply go to the office with the new notice (provided you haven't pee'd on it) and explain to them that the contract you had already entered into with them stated you could pay monthly. This new policy came with very short notice and has caught you short. Surely their must be a way we can transit from the existing contract to the new policy that's mutually beneficial. I really like it here and wish to continue to be a good customer.
Try that, you'll be surprised at how flexible people can be in a one on one situation. I personally pay $4400 in the spring and $1800 in the fall plus winter electric. Our marina was bought out three years ago as well. Policies changed and although billing broke summer fees into three winter payments and winter fees had to be paid up front, there were some long standing agreements with certain liveaboards and the management worked things out. Nobody usually wants to loose a customer and nobody usually wants to move. Don't take a form letter as a personal affront. They aren't personal, their form.
Good luck with diplomacy. Remember, if you shoot first and ask questions later, who you gonna ask?
Bob C s/v Valkyrie, Irwin Citation 35.5
One hand for the helm, one elbow for yourself!
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