I have owned this one particular gym for almost 3 years now. Although I have a gym maintenance fee clause in the membership contract, I have never enforced it…until now. Specifically the clause reads:
MAINTENANCE OF FACILITIES: The Club may be temporarily closed for periods of up to two (2) weeks each year for maintenance purposes. The Club reserves the right to add an annual facility maintenance charge of up to, but no greater than, the equivalent of one (1) month’s membership dues. If a Facility Maintenance Charge is implemented in the future, Member will be given a minimum of a sixty (60) day notice of the amount owed and due date. Member authorizes the Designated Billing Company to automatically draft this amount along with the Member’s regular membership dues.
Now, as I said I have never charged my members for this, however I have kept the gym in absolute superb condition (cleaning crew 2x a day, gym equipment always in great working order, new equipment every few months, fresh paint, new tanning beds, etc…) and I never close my 24 hour access gym!
Now this year with rising tax hikes for small business owners, higher payrolls and taxes for my employee, county taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes…I am thinking about implementing this clause but not in vain. I want to repaint the whole gym and get brand new equipment and overall give the gym a whole new fresh look for the spring time.
Now for the question directed for both gym members and personal trainers… how do you feel about “gym maintenance fees”? Do feel that they are necessary, a scam, or impartial?
Thank you in advance for your Insights!
I have heard of such clauses but have never signed a contract that contained it. If I were a member at a gym where I had signed such clause but it had not been implemented for 3 years, I would be EXTREMELY (could not make it bold) unhappy if I was all of a sudden charged with an extra month’s fee plus the closing of the gym for 2 weeks which amounts to a monthly fee and half.
As it so happens, we just have upgraded our personal training studio with new flooring, paint, odds and ends to quite a considerable sum. This is an expense of doing business, and it did not cross our minds to increase charges or roll this over in any way.
Because you have this in the contract, you may be entitled to do so. But if I were your member, you’d have one unhappy person. And as you well know, one unhappy person tells 10 others. Not sure whether I would not leave the gym as soon as I can if there are any viable options.
I’ll be curious to see how the others feel on that subject. Obviously, my position is unambiguous.
Else, I like you a lot 🙂