Cancelling a Contract within a Cooling-Off Period

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Cancelling a Contract within a Cooling-Off Period

Let’s start from the beginning: what is a cooling-off period? In consumer protection legislation, it is a period of time following a product or service purchase when the purchaser can cancel the contract for any reason without explanation and return goods, which have been supplied, and get a full refund.

You can cancel the contract during the cooling-off period by writing a cancellation letter and any agreements you made will be cancelled.

You don’t need to give the business a reason for cancelling.

For most contracts, the company has 15 days to return your money. For payday loans, the company has to give you a refund within 2 days.

You have a cooling-off period when you sign contracts:

  • at home for a product or service you buy from a door-to-door salesperson: if the contract was for a product, the business is responsible for picking it up or paying for it to be picked up if they want it back; you also have the right to a 10 calendar-day cooling-off period if you signed a home renovation contract worth $50 or more in your home (however, if the work was started during the cooling-off period, you will be responsible for reasonable compensation for work and materials that the contractor has provided).
  • to join a gym or fitness club
  • to get a payday loan
  • to buy a newly-built condo: you have the right to cancel the purchase within a 10-calendar day period (the starting time is the date when you receive a copy of the fully signed purchase and sale agreement or the disclosure statement, whichever comes later)

We hope that information could be of help for you.

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