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I have a contract for security alarm service that was signed

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I have a contract for security alarm service that was signed on May 15th 2006. The contract was for 3 years. I have not used this service for two years now because the gadget broke and I couldn't afford repairs. With this contract expiring on May 15th this year, I called the security alarm company today May 5th to inform them of my intention to discontinue the service after my contract expires on May 15th this year and I was reminded of a clause that the contract will automatically renew on a yearly basis every year unless they receive a cancelation notice in writing 30 days to the end of any active contract. I have re-read and that clause is truly there and with only 14 days to the end of my initial 3 year contract, is there anything I can do to terminate this contract so that I don't have to pay for a sevice I don't use for an additional year? Payment for the service has been an automatic debit from my account and I was told my charge will be set up for collection if I terminate it.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

City and state I live in: Lexington, Ky

Country: USA



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I called the company SAI two years ago to cancel and was told this will require me to pay remaining 2-year balance. They recently transfered contract to Castlerock security who I called today to discontinue service from May 15th and was told of the 30-day prior notice which I missed and so now have an active contract till May 15 2010.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I don't see any question or any additional requests made. What additional information do you need?
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I am an attorney licensed in the State of Texas. The following information is a brief answer to your question. However, if you feel that you need further information or that you have other insights which might help me in providing a better answer, please feel free to write back.

My brief search of Kentucky law does not show that an automatic renewal clause is per se illegal. However, you may argue that such a provision for a service contract where no service is actually being provided, is unconscionable under the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. An unconscionable contract may be terminated. What you can do is send a written notice that the contract is terminated as of 30 days of the letter. This may leave you liable for one months payment, but this should also provide you a basis for stating that the contract is terminated and if they try to press it against you, you assert that it is unconscionable and you counter-sue for damages under the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act.

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