Hucknall residents warned over gym memberships

HUCKNALL residents who are thinking of joining a gym to get fit for the New Year are being encouraged to make sure they are not signing up to an unfair membership contract.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is encouraging people to pay particular attention to the terms and conditions before signing up, including the minimum membership period and charges and notice required for cancellation. Fitness clubs cannot make claims in a contract that they are not liable for death or personal injury or for loss or damage to a member’s property.

It is also unfair for clubs to extend the initial membership period without the member’s consent or significantly change the services they provide, which are stated in their membership contracts.

Sarah Houlton, trading standards manager at the Council, said: “It’s all too tempting to sign on the dotted line when joining a fitness club without paying attention to its terms and conditions.

“It’s also important to keep a copy of the terms and conditions in case you need to refer to them in future.

“The Government’s Office of Fair Trading is currently investigating a number of national companies.”