Can I get my wedding depsit back if date was cancelled more then 6 months prior?

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Can I get my wedding depsit back if date was cancelled more then 6 months prior?

The wedding date was supposed to be 10/27. I cancelled this date 6 months ago. The manager said they would have no problem re-booking since this was the only date now available in the fall. They since told me that no one looked at the room that had the same amount of people and money promised so they never rebooked. and now I loose my $10,500 deposit. It seems like they just wanted to make a profit for the day without having to hire people and buy food for the event. I am being robbed. Anyway I can get my money back or some of it?

Asked on October 16, 2017 under Business Law, New York

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It doesn't matter how long ago you cancelled, unless the contract itself said that if you cancelled by a certain date, you'd get your deposit back. Otherwise, you became obligated as soon as you signed the contract, and there is no inherent right to get your deposit back. Without a contractual provision returning your deposit to you or giving you a right of cancellation, the venue may keep your deposit if you cancel, even if you did 6 months in advance.


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