NH Law About... Automatic Renewal Clauses

Introduction to... Automatic Renewal Clauses

Updated March 16, 2017.

Automatic renewal clauses are also called “evergreen clauses.” They're found in many different types of contracts: consumer, commercial, employment, and landlord/tenant are just a few. Most questions at the law library are about consumer contracts. Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed.) defines an evergreen contract as "a contract that renews itself from one term to the next in the absence of contrary notice by one of the parties." Evergreen clauses are not usually called "evergreen" in contracts. To spot an evergreen clause, look for the following words:





Notice period



Also, look through the entire contract carefully – sometimes the information you need is spread across several sections.  

A sampling of laws about automatic renewals is below but there are more in the statutes. If you’re searching the NH statutes online, do a keyword search on “automatic renewal,” “membership contract,” or “cancellation rights” because the term "evergreen" isn't found in the statutes. You can also look for the specific type of business. For example, if you want to find out about automatic renewals for health club memberships, search under "health clubs."

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive. It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. NH Law About ...  is not a substitute for the services of an attorney.  

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New Hampshire. Dept. of Justice. Consumer Sourcebook. Health Clubs  GO>

Link verified on: March 16, 2017

FindLaw's Common Law. You Need to Watch Out for Automatic Contract Renewals  GO>

Link verified on: March 16, 2017


Unfair and deceptive acts and practices. Boston, MA : National Consumer Law Center, [2016]. 9th ed.   GO>

Link verified on: March 24, 2017

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RSA 358-A. Regulation of Business Practices for Consumer Protection  GO>

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RSA 358-I. Health Clubs  GO>

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RSA 358-J Buying Clubs  GO>

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RSA 358-S Martial Arts Schools  GO>

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Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated

Link verified on: July 21, 2017

Find the New Hampshire statutes in print at libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Statutes: New Hampshire statutes are the laws of the State of New Hampshire as enacted by the New Hampshire General Court. GO>


New Hampshire. Dept. of Justice. Office of the Attorney General. Consumer Complaints  GO>

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Link verified on: July 28, 2017

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