As a salon owner with a verbal, week-to-week booth rental to stylists, how much notice must I give to an unsatisfactory stylist?

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As a salon owner with a verbal, week-to-week booth rental to stylists, how much notice must I give to an unsatisfactory stylist?

I am a salon owner (non-stylist). Having recently purchased the salon, I don’t yet have any written agreements with my booth renters. Hence, we are operating on a verbal, week to week agreement. One of my stylists is highly unsatisfactory – she misses a lot of days, is rude to other staff members, dresses inappropriately, and we have strong suspicions she is stealing money from the cash register. How much notice must I give her that I’m terminating her booth rental contract? Do I have to provide any specific reasons why I’m letting her go?

Asked on January 19, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

An oral or verbal agreement is a month-to-month rental, not week to week. (You could have a week to week rental, but it would need to be in writing.) Therefore, you need to provide her a month's notice that you are terminating her rental. If you have evidence of criminal activity, of course, that is different, and then you could terminate her rental  (or get her arrested!) more quickly. Do you not need to tell her why your are terminating the rental. Going forward, put out written agreements quickly--ones that provide for whatever notice period you are comfortable with, and which also specificy certain standards (e.g. dress, behavior) that stylists must adhere to or be terminated.


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