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Automatic Renewal Clauses

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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.  Black's Law Dictionary 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: Term, Duration, Continuation, Termination, Notice period, Renewal, or Extension. Also, look through the entire contract carefully – sometimes the information you need is spread across several sections.  

Automatic renewals are regulated on the state and federal levels. 


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