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PA Bans Early Termination Fees for Decedent Consumer Contracts

Posted by James W. Creenan | Jul 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

The General Assembly enacted an Act "Prohibiting Fees for Early Termination of Certain Contracts Upon Death."  The general rule of the act is, “A provider (an individual who provides contract services for cable television, cellular, direct broadcast satellite, electric generation, heating oil, natural gas supply, or voice over internet protocol) may not impose a fee for early termination of a service contract if a party to the contract dies before complete performance of the contract dies before complete performance of the contract and the executor or administrator of the decedent's estate provides notice…”  Subsection c provides a notice requirement for the executor or administrator of the decedent's estate. The notice to terminate a decedent's contract must be provided in writing by the executor or administrator.  For this protection to apply, the estate administrator must provide notice within 180 days of the written notice the provider must receive a copy of the decedent's death certificate.  These rules also apply to vehicle leases.  Any violation will be treated as a violation of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. 

Act 29 of 2024 (HB 109)

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