If Ihave a wedding booked at a country club that is rumored to be selling and they have a $1000 deposit of mine, is there any way to get that back?

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If Ihave a wedding booked at a country club that is rumored to be selling and they have a $1000 deposit of mine, is there any way to get that back?

We did sign a contract.

Asked on January 23, 2012 under Business Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You can get your deposit back--and possibly sue for other damages--IF the club does not honor its obligations, or you get a firm indication that they will not honor them. (Of course, if they won't pay the money back voluntarily, you would have to sue.)

However, rumors of a sale do not entitle you to get your money back yet--after all, even if those rumors are true, 1) the sale may or may not actually occur or go through; 2) if the sale happens, it may not occur until after the wedding; and 3) even if the place is sold, that doesn't mean the new owner/buyer won't honor the country club's contracts. So until it is clear there will be nonperformance, you don't have grounds to get the deposit back.


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