« on: May 28, 2008, 10:42:10 AM »
I am probably going to research this, but I wanted to see if anyone knew the answer off the top of their head.
Here's the facts: I signed a 1 year contract at Gold's Gym. After one year the contract lapsed and I was month to month at that point; there was no clause that said if I didn't cancel it the contract was renewed. So I paid month to month for another year and a half or so. Then I moved out of town, I put in a form that said to stop charging my account. However, I didn't trust them, as I have also heard that big corporations will just keep charging you when they have access to your bank account, so I withdrew my money and closed that account.
Apparently they have some policy that says you must give them a months notice. However, if I am month to month and not under contract, I don't think I can be held to that. They tried to charge me another month's dues, as I suspected they would. They turned the measly $40 alleged debt over to a collection agency. Now the collection agency is saying I owe them $79. They have already called me and I already told them to report it against my credit.
1. Once they call me and I refuse to pay and they hurt my credit rating, can they keep pursuing it?
2. Can they keep raising and raising the amount?
3. What recourse, if any, do I have against Gold's Gym and/or the collection agency? I am thinking of contacting the Better Business Bureau, but I know that is non-binding weaksauce.