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Complaint Review: Richmond Hill Country Club require members to pay fees even when they were closed - SCAM ALERT - Vaughan Ontario

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  • Reported By: Consumer — Richmond Hill Ontario Canada
  • Richmond Hill Country Club require members to pay fees even when they were closed - SCAM ALERT 8905 Bathurst St Vaughan, Ontario Canada

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Richmond Hill Country Club Scam Alert !

In March, the spread of COVID-19 forced fitness clubs, as well as golf, curling and tennis clubs to close down for safety reasons.

So when the Richmond Hill Country Club shut its doors, Lorne Frankel—a member for 20 years—stopped paying his monthly fees.

“If they said we can't use the facility, why should we be paying for it,” Frankel said.

 But Frankel said he was surprised when he was told that he would still have to pay his membership fees even if he couldn’t use the club.

When Frankel didn't pay for two months he was informed by Richmond hill country club managment that his membership had been suspended and that he owed $480. To make matters worse, the club said that they would contact a collections agency to recover the owed amount.

“When they take this stand and send a letter to you in regards to a collection agency for when they were actually closed is beyond me,” Frankel said.

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CTV News Toronto reached out to the Richmond Hill Country Club and a spokesperson said it notified Frankel several times about being behind on his payments.

“It is unfair for those members who have honoured their membership obligations to permit Mr. Frankel from not honouring his agreement with the club,” Richmond Hill Country Club said in a statement. 

The spokesperson added that the club also offered Mr. Frankel the “option to take an early termination offer” which they say he declined.

As fitness clubs reopen, there are differing polices on how members are being dealt with while their gyms were closed during the pandemic. 

Some kept charging payments, some froze accounts while others say they will give their customers credit towards future use.

Hayley Lewins of Newcastle, Ont. and her husband belonged to a gym but they say they are not comfortable going back due to the virus. 

“So I have to pay a $200 membership, that's money out of my pocket. That money could have gone to bills or groceries,” Lewins said. 

She said she hoped she could cancel her membership and get a refund. Instead she was given several options to continue with the gym, but said she decided to pay it off in full because she doesn't plan to return to a gym anytime soon.

”It’s not in the cards for us right now. My mother-in-law has no immune system and I work in childcare. We have to be very careful who we come in contact with," she said.

The gym she signed up with told CTV News Toronto that members were not charged while the gym was closed and credit will be given for any paid time that has not been used. 

If you've signed up with a sports or fitness club it really depends on the contract you signed when you joined. The payment details will be in the contract and as a member you'll be bound by them.  

Source: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/china-mourns-2-064-victims-in-devastating-quake-1.5046258

Other Reviews:

Malim: 

Richmond Hill Country Club pool had a problem with a dehumidifier twice this year and it's impossible to use it to due to high humidity. In the beginning of the year for 2-3 weeks and now it has been down for again for 1 week so far. They charge a very high fee for the membership but provide a horrible customer service giving their customers a run around. Michael Pasichny- Director sets a great example as well by providing zero incentive to remain a member of the club and clearly lacks customer service skills.

DON KARTELLA:

Had the worst experience here. Never again.

Ray Alt:

Stay away from RHCC in Tennis, they are all about money, poor tennis and very low results!!!

BE AWARE! SCAM SCAM SCAM SCAM!!! THEY WILL DO EVERYTHING TO TAKE YOUR MONEY. Richmond Hill Country Club Covid Scam Richmond Hill Country Club Scam Richmond Hill Country Club Review

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