If you enter into a contract as a result of a fraudulent misrepresentation, then you can cancel the contract, claim damages, or both. But what does “misrepresentation” actually mean in relation to a contract? Fraudulent misrepresentation is a legal term related to deliberately making a false, misleading or deceptive statement.
It’s illegal for a business or person to give you false information about themselves or the product or service they offer. Some examples of misrepresentation include:
- making misleading statements that the goods or services are of a particular standard, quality, grade, style or model, if they are not
- hiding the fact that a product is refurbished
- claiming that the goods or services are available or can be delivered or performed when they know that it’s not possible
- assuring that they have licences, accreditation or certification when they don’t
- showing fake quality certificates or warranties
- recommending unnecessary repairs or replacements to items
If you have a contract with a business or individual that has misrepresented their product or service, you can withdraw from the contract within 1 year.