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Consumer Contracts

Posted on:
27 June 2017

It was time to get his chimney fixed so Eddy hired a masonry company to do the repairs. After quite a delay in getting any work done, the masonry company tried to convince Eddy he had a mould problem in his house and they could help.

Eddy had a background in the trades and knew there was no mould problem. This was a red flag for him so he decided to cancel the contract and get his deposit back. Something just didn’t feel right. When the business owner stated all deposits were non-refundable, Eddy got nervous.

Travel

Posted on:
29 October 2012

With a huge tropical storm, Hurricane Sandy, set to hit the East Coast in mere hours, it is expected that thousands of flights to and from the area will be impacted, causing a ripple effect of disruption for other travellers as their originating or connecting flights are cancelled, delayed and/or diverted. While we cannot control the weather, we can be prepared for what to do if our air travel plans are impacted by weather or other unforeseen circumstances.


Tips

Posted on:
12 March 2012

Recently I was furniture shopping and found a perfect dining room suite. I thought to myself that even though it was expensive, if I purchased it on credit I wouldn't have to pay interest for a whole year. It sounded like a great deal but was there a catch? What did the interest start adding up and what was I responsible for?

Consumer Contracts

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16 January 2012

As this is the time of year that people begin working on their new year’s resolutions, we thought it would be useful to provide some more information around gym membership contracts. Gym memberships as well as other types of memberships for fitness purposes (i.e. yoga, or swimming lessons) all fall under the category of continuing services contracts.

Consumer Contracts

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24 August 2011

Do you know what a continuing service contract is? Do you think it is a contract which:

a) Provides for instruction, training, or assistance in body building and exercising
b) Applies to weight loss facilities and self defense lessons
c) Includes dance lessons
d) Gives the consumer access to membership to a health studio or gym
e) All of the above

Travel

Posted on:
10 August 2011

We were recently contacted by a BC media outlet to speak about time shares and offer tips to consumers.  We wanted to share that interview with you as we think it has some good information.

Consumer Contracts

Posted on:
10 May 2011

Around this time of the year when it gets nicer outside, the Inquiry team begins receiving more calls about direct sales contracts.  Why might this be so you ask?  Typically direct sales contracts are made when a salesperson comes to your home (uninvited) and sells you a good or service.  This however does not apply to sales under $50.  Picture a door to door vacuum cleaner salesperson or someone offering a lawn care service.

Tips

Posted on:
01 March 2011

Did you know that March is Fraud Prevention Month?  Last year, Consumer Protection BC wrote four columns for this national initiative.  The columns were all based on situations experienced by BC consumers who had contacted our organization for help.

Tips

Posted on:
25 January 2011

Have you “liked” our Consumer Protection BC Facebook page?  If not, come find us!  On our facebook page, we like to start the day off by posting a “call of the day” tip and keep everyone up to date on the latest consumer trends. We also like to keep consumers up to date on Twitter so follow us @ConsumerProBC.