How do I get out of a gym membership?

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How do I get out of a gym membership?

I owe nothing to the gym. I fell on hard times and before my account was to be delinquent in September I went to the gym to speak to a rep. I asked them if they could freeze my membership until I could find work to pay. They said “We can’t do anything for you. Go to X, they are hiring.” There are no local jobs in my area. I am out of state living with family at the moment until further notice. I wrote them a letter 3 months ago stating the move and to cancel the contract. I am in collections and I do not want any trouble (I also never received a copy of the contract).

Asked on December 2, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You may only get out of the contract--

1) When it is up or expires;

2) If the contract provides that you may cancel or terminate it, and you do so in accordance with its terms; or

3) If the gym itself breached the contract in some material (important) way, such as by not providing the services or facilities you signed up for.

Apart from the above, you are bound or obligated under the contract for its full term, and the gym does not need to freeze your membership or do anything else for you which is not itself provided for in the contract, unfortunately.


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