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How inflation affects your subscriber contracts
June 16,  2021
How inflation affects your subscriber contracts
            You don't need to be an economist to know that inflation isn't something that might happen; it's here.  You also don't need to be a Wharton grad to have an idea what inflation means, at least for our purposes.  It means most everything costs more.  Rising  costs affect everything: food, utility, gas, employee wages, salaries, health  insurance and employee benefits, cars, parts and material, interest rates on loans, credit and just about every.  Sure your house is up in value, but so is the next one you're looking to buy.
            Guess what's not going up in value?  You guessed right, your alarm contracts.  They may, in fact, be going down in value.  This is for several reasons:
  *  buyers who need financing will have to pay more in interest, so they can borrow less
  *  you may be locked into rates with your subscribers so as your cost to service increases your revenue is stagnant
            You can't do much about the interest rates, and you can't do much about your rising costs, but you can do something about your revenue.  How?  If you use the Kirschenbaum Contracts ™ you have taken the first step to do something about your revenue.  Every Standard Form [and you should be using the All in One agreements] provides for an annual right to increase the RMR.  It's a simple formula and all you need do is exercise your right to the increase.  Best of all, the subscriber has already agreed to the increase.  We should all hope that the specified percentage increase will not be exceeded by the rate of inflation; I doubt it will and in any event it's close enough.
            Over the past 4 or so years you didn't really need to be concerned with the right to increase the RMR, but those days are over.  Potential buyers of your business are very keen to check what you are charging for your services because they not only need to be competitive, they need to be profitable.  While the spread for monitoring may seem sufficient to withstand some modest increase from the central station or third party vendors, the cost of labor, material and even gas can have a big impact on the profitability of repair service and inspection RMR.  It makes sense, especially if you are positioning to sell your accounts, to offer RMR plans for repair service and inspection, but you better retain the right to increase those fixed charges as costs increase.
            Get updated Standard Form Agreements, and don't get caught with raising costs and your pants down.

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Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
Attorneys at Law
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