Contrary to the popular belief, you do not benefit from a 10-day delay to cancel a contract. Often, only a tribunal can cancel a contract concluded between a merchant and a consumer.

The law does not provide a delay to cancel a contract concluded in person, unless your contractor is an itinerant merchant.

Cancelling a contract concluded with an itinerant merchant

If you concluded an agreement with an itinerant merchant, it means that they solicited your business outside of their actual offices. They might, for example, have come to your home without your requesting it.

In such a case, you can cancel the asphalting or paving contract without fees or explanations within 10 days after you received a written copy of the contract. The contract can be cancelled even if the company has already started the work.

The cancellation delay includes Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. However, if the 10th day falls on any of those days, the limit date is deferred to the next business day. If the 10th day falls on Easter Monday, for example, the date limit will be the next day (Tuesday).

Procedure to cancel

You must advise the merchant in writing. Send the cancellation form you received along with the contract, or a free-form written letter.

In legal terms, "contract cancellation" means you want to end the contract. This means that you will find yourself in the situation you were in before you signed the contract. If you already paid money to the contractor, they must refund you within 15 days after you send the cancellation form or letter.

Cancelling within one year

In some cases, you can cancel a contract within the year following the receipt of a signed copy of the contract. You can do so if, for example:

Top of page

Last update : November 24, 2017

Were you unable to find an answer to your question? Please call us.

The information contained on this page is presented in simple terms to make it easier to understand. It does not replace the texts of the laws and regulations.