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On Monday afternoon I signed a contract for a "surveyor"

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On Monday afternoon I signed a contract for a "surveyor" company to look at getting us a rate reduction. Having checked them out overnight, wasn't happy and emailed them with a cancellation first thing on Tuesday morning. they say I can't cancel and want to charge me 8% of the rateable value (£15,000) as a fee ?

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To cancel the contract and pay as little as possible....... as no costs have been incurred at this time

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What reason have they provided for for not allowing you to cancel? Also, did you see the surveyor in person or was this done online?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
business to business contract with no cooling off period
saw a salesperson but not a surveyor

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Thanks for your patience. Unfortunately business-to-business contracts are not subject to the Consumer Rights Act 2015 or the relevant regulations dealing with automatic cooling off periods. Therefore, your rights will be limited to whatever was agreed between the parties or in a contract that accompanied your agreement. If there was no cooling off period, you knew of this before agreeing to accept their services and proceeded on that basis, then you cannot automatically cancel after that. You may only potentially do so if you can show that they have acted in breach of contract (difficult if the services have not even started yet) or if they consent to the cancellation.

The only other option is to refuse to pay and see what happens - they may issue threats and engage debt collectors but unless they go to court and win they cannot force you to pay anything. So some parties may take their chances and do that, hoping that they won’t go as far as court. However, if they do you may have to deal with that so that will always be the risk.

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