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2018 legislative session.

Title 9 : Commerce and Trade

Chapter 063 : CONSUMER PROTECTION

Subchapter 001 : GENERAL PROVISIONS

(Cite as: 9 V.S.A. § 2454a)
  •  [Section 2454a effective July 1, 2019.]

    § 2454a. Consumer contracts; automatic renewal

    (a) A contract between a consumer and a seller or a lessor with an initial term of one year or longer that renews for a subsequent term that is longer than one month shall not renew automatically unless:

    (1) the contract states clearly and conspicuously the terms of the automatic renewal provision in plain, unambiguous language in bold-face type;

    (2) in addition to accepting the contract, the consumer takes an affirmative action to opt in to the automatic renewal provision; and

    (3) if the consumer opts in to the automatic renewal provision, the seller or lessor provides a written or electronic notice to the consumer:

    (A) not less than 30 days and not more than 60 days before the earliest of:

    (i) the automatic renewal date;

    (ii) the termination date; or

    (iii) the date by which the consumer must provide notice to cancel the contract; and

    (B) that includes:

    (i) the date the contract will terminate and a clear statement that the contract will renew automatically unless the consumer cancels the contract on or before the termination date;

    (ii) the length and any additional terms of the renewal period;

    (iii) one or more methods by which the consumer can cancel the contract; and

    (iv) contact information for the seller or lessor.

    (b) A person who violates a provision of subsection (a) of this section commits an unfair and deceptive act in commerce in violation of section 2453 of this title.

    (c) The provisions of this section do not apply to:

    (1) a contract between a consumer and a financial institution, as defined in 8 V.S.A. § 11101, or between a consumer and a credit union, as defined in 8 V.S.A. § 30101; or

    (2) a contract for insurance, as defined in 8 V.S.A. § 3301a. (Added 2017, No. 179 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 2019.)