What are our options for recouping our losses for campers who have not paid their campground fees?

We own a campground and have seasonal campers who have not paid.

Asked on September 28, 2010 under Business Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your only option to recover money--unless they executed some agreements giving you some collateral, including a deposit of some kind--is to sue them. That will itself cost you time and money, so you need to carefully weigh whether this is worth it or not to you. (Also bear in mind that if they don't have funds, even if you win, you'll lose--since you'll have spent money on court but be unable to collect.)

If they are not paying, you could evict them from the premises; you also do not need to renew their right to stay there for the future. That will not get you paid, but at least you will not be providing them free space or services.


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