Subscription, associations and clubs
How to cancel subscriptions to fitness centers, newspapers, public means of transport and club memberships.
Update: May 2018
Fitness centres and newspaper subscriptions
Before cancelling the contract, you have to check the contract term (usually 12 or 24 months) and the period of notice (usually three months). If you do not cancel the contract within the period of notice, the contract will be renewed automatically. The date the trader accesses the letter must be within the period of notice. The letter of cancellation should be in written form and signed by you. An e-mail is not considered as written form in this case. Ask in your letter for the confirmation of receipt. For evidential purposes, you should send it by registered mail.
Moving abroad is not a reason to cancel the contract before the end of the contract term unless a contract term foresees that right. In order to terminate the contract before the end of the contract term, you can try to negotiate with the fitness centre. They may agree to transfer the contract to a different person such as one of your friends or colleagues.
Public means of transport
If you have an annual season-ticket or a different kind of long term subscription for using public means of transport, you should contact the transport company/transport association to find out whether it is possible to cancel the contract before the end of the contract term. Usually you can also find this kind of information in the terms and conditions of the transport company.
If you are not eligible to cancel the contract before the end of the contract term, you should make use of your right to cancel the contract by the end of the contract term within the period of notice. If you do not cancel the contract within that period of notice the contract might be renewed automatically depending on the terms and conditions. The date the trader accesses the letter must be within the period of notice.