Health club members in New Hampshire who prepay their memberships are protected against unfair contract clauses and against losing their money if the club suddenly closes. The law also applies to weight loss clinics and martial arts businesses. Prepaid membership contracts:
All health clubs in New Hampshire must be registered with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. The registration includes the names and addresses of the owners, officers, stockholders and parent organizations. The registration requires, among other things, a complete listing of the club’s employees and their qualifications. Registered health clubs are also required to have means of repaying customers for the unused portion of any prepaid membership contract if the club suddenly closes.
The Consumer Protection Bureau may require a club to post a bond to protect health club members who pay in advance for membership or services in the event the club closes. When signing up for a membership, you should ask to see evidence that the club has either:
If you pay a club for more than one month’s membership, and the health club has not posted a bond, then you should be aware that you risk losing your money if the club should close. If you discover that the health club has not registered, please report it in writing to the NH Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Bureau, in Concord at 603-271-3641 or 1-800-468-4454, or online at http://doj.nh.gov/consumers.
* The term "health club" is used includes martial arts studios.
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New Hampshire Department of Justice
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