Termination and Nonrenewal of Your Franchise Agreement

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Termination or non-renewal of a franchise agreement will depend on what the franchise agreement you signed says, whether or not you have complied with it, and whether or not the franchisor did all that it had promised to do in the agreement.

At the outset, franchisors generally have the right to choose the parties they wish to do business with and may use their own judgment in entering into a new franchise relationship. After the period covered in the franchise agreement, and subject to your rights to renew, you will need to negotiate with the franchisor over extending the franchise.

If you have failed to comply with the agreement, you can expect that the franchisor will not be enthusiastic about continuing its relationship with you. In fact, even before the original term is over, the franchisor may seek to terminate your franchise if you do not comply with the franchise agreement.

Depending upon the appropriate state law, a franchisor may have the right to terminate a franchise or to refuse to renew a franchise for “good cause” – such as failure to meet sales quotas or lack of quality standards. Many contracts are drafted in such a manner that it is probable that a franchisee would breach it at some point, allowing the franchisor to cancel the contract or not renew it. Some state statutes require specific conditions, such as failure to meet monetary obligations, correct defects, or quality standards, for termination or for non-renewal. Other states also require special notices within certain time periods be provided to the franchisee before termination or non-renewal.

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