I have seen the numerous threads here about not having to worry about gym debts and collectors ,..etc. However, I am slightly nervous and I would like to double checks with the experts on here.
I signed up to Standard DL membership in September 2020. I have just moved to another city but when I visited the local DL club it was way smaller and did not have as many facilities such as tennis/squash courts and so on.
I did not like the facilities in the new club as it felt like a downgrade and I certainly did not want to pay the same amount per month for a much smaller club. I gave in my cancellation notice on 16/06/2021 and when I heard nothing from them, I cancelled my direct debit a week after.
I just got an email from them stating the below:
"As you are within your initial term, your membership will be extended by the number of months of Club closure as our Standard contracts requires 12 full calendar months of payment.
The earliest date we can end your membership is the 1st March 2022.
We can transfer your membership to the nearest Club or if you are requesting to end your membership due to relocation to a new address more than 10 miles form a David Lloyd Club we can review this notice period for you. Please send proof of your new address to support an early cancellation and we will be able to review your notice for you."
My 2 main issues with this is as follows:
1- COVID is not fault so why should I be tied for 5 more months, and I am not keen to pay £900 (~£100 x 9 months left) for something I won't use.
2- My nearest club is 7 miles away so I don't meet the 10 miles criteria.
Now I am not sure what to do here.
Are the downgraded facilities enough reason for me to get out of this?
I agreed to sign up to the DL after being shown around the facilities in my old city, but I wouldn't have signed up to this new one, and I am pretty sure even DL charges less per month for this new club.
Any advice on how to get back to them will be greatly appreciated!