The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has recently received numerous calls for service regarding aggressive door to door sales persons. We would like to remind the public of their rights and provide some knowledge that may citizens when they are dealing with these individuals.
Door to door sales are not against the law. There is a presumption that allows anyone to approach your door for a lawful purpose, however no person has the right to enter your home or remain on your property without your permission. You are well within your rights to refuse them entry and to tell them to leave your property immediately at any time.
High-pressure aggressive sales tactics should be a red flag, residents should always ask to see a business license and other identification, and remember you control who enters your home or property. Don’t be pressured to take advantage of a time-sensitive offer.
You don’t have to share personal or financial information, it’s your choice
Don’t let the salesperson into your home until you’re satisfied it’s safe to do so
You don’t have to show any existing contracts or bills, it’s your choice
Don’t sign and agree to a contract until you have read it carefully and fully understand it
Don’t sign a contract if it fails to explain that, under Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, you can cancel a contract within 10 days of receiving a written copy of the agreement without incurring a penalty of any kind.
Please report any unwanted or suspicious activity to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service immediately.