During this week, we were victorious in a case against Club la Costa UK Surcusal, we lost this case in the first instance. However, we won the appeal before the High Court. The timeshare contract was signed with one of the companies that CLC holds in the Isle of Man, the court decided that as this is a fraudulent group, all of the companies were created to scam clients and as the branch in Spain is the operational centre of CLC it must be recognised as liable to respond on behalf of the others. A brilliant victory for the legal team, obtaining £34,264 in awards for the client.
We also had another victory against CLC, where the contract was found to lack specific accommodation details, the claimants were awarded £7,190.
Two successful judgements against Anfi resulted in awards of £38,609. In one of the cases, where we obtained £21,567 in monies awarded, the judge accepted that the contract was previously cancelled by the Resort for non-payment (our clients were told to stop paying the maintenance fees). However, the clause that allows the Resort to cancel unilaterally the contract in this case is not reasonable under the limits of the law. So, what the judge decided was to give back the proportional amount paid for the contract to the owners.
Furthermore, we have obtained 3 victories against Diamond Resorts, accumulating to a total of £31,925 in monies awarded. As well as a contract cancellation with MacDonald Resorts. In addition to these substantive victories, we had 5 favourable jurisdiction judgements against Diamond resorts and 2 more against CLC.
During the Timeshare sales boom of the 80s & 90s, potential buyers were lured in by the promise of affordable exotic holidays, flexible exchange programmes and the impression that Timeshare would be a valuable "investment".
In an industry with little or no regulation, high pressure sales tactics were rife and contract smallprint was often glossed over and explained away by sharp salespeople.
Many Timeshare buyers were therefore unaware that they were actually making significant, long term financial commitments on behalf of themselves and their families.
To find out how you can escape the Timeshare Trap please complete the short Timeshare Release Wizard now.
For many Timeshare owners, annual maintenance fees were barely considered token amounts in the early "honeymoon period" of ownership.
However, year-on-year increases imposed by the resorts over time now mean that the maintenance fees have risen to become substantial sums.
Owners are also facing the prospect of ongoing yearly fee increases and realising that they (and their families) are often committed to long term contracts for generations to come.
Please try our Future Fees Calculator to estimate your liabilities over the term of your Timeshare contract, based on an annual increase of 7.5%.
If you're concerned about rising fees and how to escape the Timeshare Trap, please contact us today.
Recent comments from RCI Timeshare owners who have come to us for help with contract cancellation:
“We 'swapped ‘another place in Tenerife for this in order to move to the points system. Since then, getting exchanges to desirable resorts proves almost impossible, irrespective of in-season or off-season.”
“I purchased my timeshare in 1999 and have been a timeshare member ever since. More often than not, I have not be able to go where I wanted and have ended up giving a few weeks to Friends, etc to book somewhere they wanted in order not to lose the weeks. I have then stayed in a hotel!! I am desperately trying to get rid of the timeshare and am now paying Timeshare Shop in Manchester to get rid of it for me.”