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My wife paid a year’s membership of a fitness club in January. The club closed yesterday passing on members to a rival club. My wife doesn't want to join the new one. The old club had a lease that has ended this month. They should never have taken twelve

My wife paid a year’s membership of a fitness club in January. The club closed yesterday passing on members to a rival club. My wife doesn't want to join the new one. The old club had a lease that has ended this month. They should never have taken twelve months money. What are her options. Sean from Clare

 

Hello Sean,

Your wife probably signed a written12 month contract with the fitness club and in it there may be terms and conditions dealing with transfer of membership. This contract might have been masquerading as a booking form or some other innocent looking document and if your wife wasn’t reasonably aware that she was signing away her rights it may be invalid and if invalid she should be entitled to a refund.

My advice is talk to the club again and tell them that if you don’t get satisfaction you will go to the Small Claims’ Court. And then consider doing it. In some parts of Ireland you can even claim on-line but perhaps not yet in Clare.

Here’s the link for the Courts Service (you may have to cut & paste the link):

http://www.courts.ie/courts.ie/Library3.nsf/PageCurrentWebLookUpTopNav/Small%20Claims%20Procedure

 

 

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