As used in this chapter:

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216

  • Buyer: means a person who enters into, or receives the benefit of, a health club contract. See Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Health club: means any corporation, partnership, unincorporated association or other business enterprise offering facilities for the preservation, maintenance, encouragement or development of physical fitness or well-being in return for the payment of a fee entitling the buyer to the use of such facilities. See Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216
  • Health club contract: means an agreement by which a buyer is entitled to membership in a health club or use of the facilities of a health club. See Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216
  • month: means a calendar month, and the word "year" means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Payment in advance: includes , but is not limited to, the payment of all service fees, initiation fees, application fees, maintenance fees or similar fees. See Connecticut General Statutes 21a-216

(1) “Health club” means any corporation, partnership, unincorporated association or other business enterprise offering facilities for the preservation, maintenance, encouragement or development of physical fitness or well-being in return for the payment of a fee entitling the buyer to the use of such facilities. Such term includes, but is not limited to, “health spas”, “sports and health clubs”, “tennis clubs”, “racquet ball courts”, “golf clubs”, “platform tennis clubs”, “gymnasiums”, “figure salons”, “health studios”, “weight control studios”, and any organization primarily operated for the purpose of teaching a particular form of self-defense or martial art, such as judo, karate or kung fu, but shall not include any establishment from which a buyer may only purchase or become obligated to purchase services to be rendered for a period of not more than one month and which does not collect more than one month’s payment in advance of the rendering of such services, nonprofit organizations, any massage establishment, any private club owned and operated by its members or any facility operated by the state or any of its political subdivisions.

(2) “Business day” means any day except a Sunday or a legal holiday.

(3) “Health club contract” means an agreement by which a buyer is entitled to membership in a health club or use of the facilities of a health club. All health club contracts shall be in writing.

(4) “Buyer” means a person who enters into, or receives the benefit of, a health club contract.

(5) “Services actually received” includes any period during which the facilities of the health club are available to the buyer pursuant to the health club contract whether or not the buyer makes use of the facilities, except when the consideration paid for the health club contract is determined by the number of times the buyer makes use of the health club facilities. The facilities shall not be deemed to be available to the buyer if the buyer fails to make use of the health club facilities in reliance upon a statement or representation of an officer, employee or agent of the health club which would reasonably lead the buyer to conclude that his contract had been cancelled or that the facilities were not actually available for use by the buyer.

(6) “Disabled” and “disability” mean a condition which has existed or will exist for more than forty-five days which prevents a buyer from utilizing the health club to the same extent he utilized it before commencement of such condition.

(7) “Payment in advance” includes, but is not limited to, the payment of all service fees, initiation fees, application fees, maintenance fees or similar fees.