General Business Law Section 624
Rights of cancellation of contracts for services
1.Every contract for services at a planned health club or a health club under construction shall, at the option of the buyer, be voidable in the event that the health club and the services to be provided pursuant to such contract are not available within one year from the date the contract is executed by the buyer.
2.Every contract for services shall provide that such contract may be cancelled within three business days after the date of receipt by the buyer of a copy of the written contract. Notice of cancellation shall be delivered by certified or registered United States mail at the address specified in the contract. Such contract shall contain the following written notice in at least ten point bold type: CONSUMERS RIGHT TO CANCELLATION. YOU MAY CANCEL THIS CONTRACT WITHOUT ANY PENALTY OR FURTHER OBLIGATION WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS FROM THIS DATE . . . . . . Notice of cancellation shall be in writing subscribed by the buyer and mailed by registered or certified United States mail to the seller at the address specified in such form. Such notice shall be accompanied by the contract forms, membership cards and any other documents or evidence of membership previously delivered to the buyer. All moneys paid pursuant to such contract shall be refunded within fifteen business days of receipt of such notice of cancellation. If the buyer has executed any credit or loan agreement to pay for all or part of health club services, any such negotiable instrument executed by the buyer shall also be returned within fifteen days.
3.Every contract for services shall provide that after such three day period for cancellation as provided in subdivision two of this section, the buyer’s estate may cancel a contract for services if the buyer dies. The buyer may also cancel after three days if the buyer becomes significantly physically disabled for a period in excess of six months, or moves his residence to a location more than twenty-five miles from a health club operated by the seller, or after the services are no longer available or substantially available as provided in the contract because of the seller’s permanent discontinuance of operation or substantial change in operation. Nothing contained herein shall restrict or prohibit the seller from offering or providing in such contract additional or broader reasons for cancellation. The seller may require reasonable evidence for a cancellation pursuant to this subdivision. Such contract shall contain the following notice captioned in at least ten point bold type: ADDITIONAL RIGHTS TO CANCELLATION: You may also cancel this contract for any of the following reasons: If upon a doctor’s order, you cannot physically receive the services because of significant physical disability for a period in excess of six months. If you die, your estate shall be relieved of any further obligation for payment under the contract not then due and owing. If you move your residence more than twenty-five miles from any health club operated by seller. If the services cease to be offered as stated in the contract. All moneys paid pursuant to such contract cancelled for the reasons contained in this subdivision shall be refunded within fifteen days of receipt of such notice of cancellation; provided however that the seller may retain the expenses incurred and the portion of the total price representing the services used or completed, and further provided that the seller may demand the reasonable cost of goods and services which the buyer has consumed or wishes to retain after cancellation of the contract. In no instance shall the seller demand more than the full contract price from the buyer. If the buyer has executed any credit or loan agreement to pay for all or part of health club services, any such negotiable instrument executed by the buyer shall also be returned within fifteen days.
Section 624 — Rights of cancellation of contracts for services,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/GBS/624 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).