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Customer: small Massachusetts business. went into a contract with ABC disposal for a 3 year contract on 9/7/10 for $38.00 a month. Now they are charging $78.00 per month plus a fuel charge. According to the US Energy Info Admin. fuel cost was above $3.50 a gallon, now its about $1.50. We just tried to cancel contract we were told we needed to have cancelled by 6/13.we never got a renewal notice . many states not require providers to sell renewal notices they do not . They want $470.10 in 7 days or they take us to court. Do we have other states rules that provide notice to customers of contract renewals.?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

Massachusetts unfortunately does not have any law that prohibits automatic renewal clauses in a contract. As long as the contract states that it will renew automatically if not cancelled by a certain date, that is binding and enforceable. The original contract is your notice, because a person is legally deemed to have read, understood, and agreed to everything in a contract that they signed. If you don't have the contract, you can insist that they produce a signed copy showing the renewal clause before you pay them anything.

With that said, they can't change the terms of the contract without notifying you. The renewed contract would have the exact same terms as the original, unless the original provides for a price increase. That means they can't charge you $78 per month or a fuel charge unless you agreed to it back in 2010.

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