2019 Wyoming Statutes
Title 40 - Trade and Commerce
Chapter 12 - Consumer Protection
Article 1 - In General
Section 40-12-104 - Home Solicitation Sales.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 40-12-104 (2019)

40-12-104. Home solicitation sales.

(a) For purposes of this section, "home solicitation sale" means the sale or lease of merchandise, other than farm equipment, for cash when the cash sales price, whether under a single sale or multiple sales, exceeds twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and in which the seller or a person acting for him engages in a personal solicitation of the sale at the residence of the buyer and the buyer's agreement or offer to purchase is there given to the seller or a person acting for him. A personal solicitation of a sale at the residence of the buyer includes contact with the buyer in person or by telephone. "Home solicitation sale" does not include:

(i) A sale made pursuant to a preexisting revolving charge account;

(ii) A sale made subsequent to a personal contact or a telephone contact at the residence of the buyer but pursuant to negotiations between the parties at a business establishment at a fixed location where goods or services are offered or exhibited for sale;

(iii) A sale made pursuant to a telephone solicitation when the seller offers a full refund and right of cancellation for at least ten (10) days after receipt of the merchandise and the right of refund and cancellation is communicated during the initial telephone solicitation and is conspicuously displayed with the merchandise; or

(iv) A sale in which a consumer acquires use of property under a rental-purchase agreement as defined in W.S. 40-19-102(a)(xi), with an initial period of one (1) week or less, by placing a telephone call to a merchant and by requesting that specific property be delivered to the consumer's residence or such other place as the consumer directs and such rental-purchase agreement is consummated at the consumer's residence.

(b) Except as hereinafter provided, in addition to any right otherwise to revoke an offer, the buyer has the right to cancel a home solicitation sale until midnight of the third business day after the day on which the buyer signs an agreement or offer to purchase which complies with this part. Cancellation occurs when the buyer gives written notice of cancellation to the seller at the address stated in the agreement or offer to purchase. Notice of cancellation, if given by mail, is given when it is deposited in a mailbox properly addressed and postage prepaid. Notice of cancellation given by the buyer need not take a particular form and is sufficient if it indicates by any form of written expression the intention of the buyer not to be bound by the home solicitation sale.

(c) The buyer may not cancel a home solicitation sale if the buyer requests the seller to provide goods or services without delay because of an emergency and:

(i) The seller in good faith makes a substantial beginning of performance of the contract before the buyer gives notice of cancellation; and

(ii) In the case of goods, the goods cannot be returned to the seller in substantially as good condition as when received by the buyer.

(d) The period within which cancellation may occur pursuant to this section shall not commence until the buyer is furnished a copy of the completed, approved and accepted contract, is given the name and address to which the notice of cancellation should be sent and is provided with a written statement of his right of cancellation. The statement of the buyer's right of cancellation shall comply with W.S. 40-14-253(b).

(e) Except as hereinafter provided, within ten (10) days after a home solicitation sale has been cancelled:

(i) The seller must tender to the buyer any payments made by the buyer and any note or other evidence of indebtedness;

(ii) If the down payment includes goods traded in, the goods must be tendered in substantially as good condition as when received by the seller, and if the seller fails to tender the goods as provided by this subsection, the buyer may elect to recover an amount equal to the trade-in allowance stated in the agreement;

(iii) The seller may retain as a cancellation fee five percent (5%) of the cash price but not exceeding the amount of the cash down payment. If the seller fails to comply with an obligation imposed by this section, or if the buyer voids the sale on any ground independent of his right to cancel or revokes his offer to purchase, the seller is not entitled to retain a cancellation fee;

(iv) Until the seller has complied with the obligations imposed by this subsection, the buyer may retain possession of goods delivered to him by the seller and has a lien on the goods in his possession or control for any recovery to which he is entitled.

(f) Except as provided under subsection (e) of this section, within a reasonable time after a home solicitation sale has been cancelled or an offer to purchase revoked, the buyer upon demand must tender to the seller any goods delivered by the seller pursuant to the sale but he is not obligated to tender at any place other than his residence. If the seller fails to demand possession of the goods within thirty (30) days after cancellation or revocation, the goods become the property of the buyer without obligation to pay for them.

(g) The buyer has a duty to take reasonable care of the goods in his possession before cancellation or revocation and for thirty (30) days thereafter, during which time the goods are otherwise at the seller's risk.

(h) If the seller has performed any services pursuant to a home solicitation sale prior to its cancellation, the seller is entitled to no compensation except the cancellation fee provided in this section.

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