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An Expensive Month for Some!

Today I was looking at some of the news from the past month, it looks like it was an expensive one for timeshare resorts.

 

The TCA reported a case against MacDonald Resorts Leila Playa Club in Spain, this action was regarding contracts signed between 2003 and 2008. From the TCA article (below) it looks like the courts accepted the illegality of the perpetuity contract, the fact that buyers were not given the information they were entitled to and also that the resort did not comply with the right of withdrawal.

 

The article did not state the law firm which took on the case but it was finalised on 5th April 2016, with TCA publishing it on 4th May.

 

In this case the court awarded the client £11,839.22 The court also stated that interest on this sum was to be paid and all costs incurred by the trial. This is another ray of hope for many, it shows that the Supreme Court Rulings are being taken notice of in other courts.

 

http://www.timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2016/05/04/tatoc-members-macdonald-resorts-contracts-proven-null-and-void/

 

In another part of Spain a law firm which has been mentioned in articles here, has had a tremendous month. The main highlight to the Canarian Legal Alliance month was the payout of Mrs Grimsbo, the Norwegian client who made history with the first ever Supreme Court Ruling. She has as reported on 4th May been paid out over 43.000€.

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http://www.canarianlegalalliance.com/payout-for-our-first-supreme-court-victory/

 

Now since The beginning of April the courts have made awards to CLA clients of over 361 893.14€ all against ANFI.

 

  • April 4            27 600€
  • April 11          52 095.72€
  • April 14         92 797.42€
  • April 21      130 000€
  • May 4           43 000€ (Grimsbo)
  • May 6           17 000€

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On April 26, CLA also had another victory, this time against Palm Oasis, the client in that case received an award of 26 000€. The award in this case was the perpetuity contract and the taking of a deposit within the cooling off period.

 

This is all in one month, how can the industry sustain payouts like this, all because in the past they thought they could get away with anything. They thought they were untouchable, well we have heard that before, now they are reaping the whirlwind, or is it a Tsunami as one paper put it!

So to finish, congratulations to the clients on your cases, well done to all the legal teams who fought for your rights. If the industry has any sense it would know that the writing’s on the wall, they can no longer behave as though they are lords and masters, that it is you the consumer/member that keeps them going and keeps them in a job.

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If you require any information regarding any article posted or have been in contact with any company and are not sure of their authenticity, Inside Timeshare is here to help. Contact us  on the comments section, if we do not know the answer we will find out.

Testimonials: Fact or Fiction?

I was asked over the weekend if reading testimonials on timeshare resale websites was a good idea. Could they actually be believed? Well there is no simple answer to this question, it really does depend on the company.

 

I have been looking at one website which comes up on a regular basis, sellmytimeshare.tv

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Some of the testimonials show photographs of the people writing them, the strange thing is they are at one of the companies offices. This reminded me of how ILG operated when selling the DWVC membership. On this website you don’t just read a copy of the comments, you can also click on a button and view the “Original”. This proved quite fun.

 

http://www.sellmytimeshare.tv/what-we-do/what-our-customers-say?limitstart=0

 

All were written on the same types of note paper, many on paper torn out of a spiral notepad, some on lined paper with a margin, just like you used at school for your essays. All appeared very hurriedly written, it certainly looked like the notes were from those who had just attended a presentation and purchased Monster Credits. “Please write something nice on this piece of paper for me, so my boss can see I´m doing a good job”.

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It makes me wonder if those people writing them have seen the website showing their names with the testimonial. Do they still agree with what they have written, or would they retract?

 

So the answer to the question can they be believed, is really down to you and how you check them, personally I don´t believe them, having been in this industry and having seen what goes on has made me very suspicious. For me a testimonial would be from the person once they have returned home, if hand written, on proper paper, like the stuff we used to use “Basildon Bond” not torn from a note pad, then written neatly in the old fashioned way. (do we still do things like that)?

 

Beware the testimonial then, like everything to do with timeshare make your checks, research the company and if in doubt check again. If you require any information on how to do this contact Inside Timeshare, we are here to help and inform.

Look Who Is Now Giving Timeshare Advice!!!!

Firstly thank you to the TCA for giving me a good laugh over the past couple of days, with their articles on Silverpoint. Well well well, things never cease to amaze me in the industry of timeshare. The company with the biggest track record of destroying an otherwise good product is now in the business of giving “ADVICE”.

 

http://www.timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2016/04/19/silverpoint-bait-and-switch/

 

http://www.timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2016/04/20/silverpoint-consumer-advice/

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Siverpoint Consumer Advice website, the latest tool in their attempt to deceive the poor old public. The track record of this company is a long and painful one. As many people have found out to their financial cost.

 

Let’s start with their wonderful “Investment Scheme”, selling blocks of weeks with the promise of a return within 2 years of around 15%, with the sale of these weeks. This has cost you around £20,000 to £30,000. Then comes the top up, sorry these weeks that you have are not selling well, because people want something better. Tell you what, why don’t you buy 6 weeks in this resort which is much better, it has a higher sale value and is sought after. What we can do is take the 6 weeks you own already and trade them in for the new one.

 

So they give you a price of say £50,000 with a trade in of £15,000, but you can’t afford this. You also do not want to lose your “investment”, so what do they do? Arrange a finance agreement for you on the day. Barclays Partner Finance is well known for working with Silverpoint and has been the subject of several court cases.

 

Now you have a new “investment deal”. Again the promise is they will sell them for you in 2 years, in the meantime they will rent them for you to help pay the maintenance. Guess what happens next? They can’t sell and want you to trade in for another better resort or even the Sunseeker yachts they used to peddle.

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All this is in the public domain, this company has been and still is the subject of legal action. Below are three videos taken from youtube. The first two show a sales rep called Leanne and then the Sales Director Dave Taylor, basically fobbing off a client who has been duped of around £90,000. The third video shows a courtroom where Dave Taylor, who looks remarkably nervous, trying to say that Silverpoint are not Resort Properties , well this didn’t go down well with the judge. After all the CEO of RP is Mark Cushway, the CEO of Silverpoint is Mark Cushway, the owner of both companies is Bob Trotta. Del Boy would not be proud of the scams that this lot have pulled, at least he had some scruples.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkrdK0shvn4

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oNdi4NT4O8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksff6yofqJs

 

As you can see from these videos, this company cannot be trusted, so how can they give any advice?

 

They also say on their website only trust RDO and TATOC members, these organisations as Inside Timeshare has previously shown are there only for the benefit of the industry. Not to forget that Mark Cushway is also a board member of the RDO, with Silverpoint being a major contributor to these organisations funding.

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I have also looked at the website for Canarian Legal Alliance as they have had great success in court against this company, In the news section under the tag of Silverpoint are the archives of cases won. They show cases going back to 2013, so everything is in the public domain and this company along with the RDO and TATOC are trying to make out that none of this is true. Only their advice is worth anything, well I for one do not believe a word of it, the truth is out there, it is up to you to find it and your choice on who to believe.

 

Inside Timeshare is not affiliated to any timeshare company, the information provided is taken from research and written to provide you with independent views on what should be a great product.

Is it a Timeshare Resort or a Hotel?

Having spent sometime reading various forums, it occurred to me that many timeshare owners are not happy with a very disturbing situation. The fact that non-owners are able to book into their resorts.

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After listing several resorts around the Canary Islands, Mainland Spain and Mallorca, placing these into google I was amazed at the results. All came up with various booking sites.

Booking.com; ebookers.com; trivago.com; villas.com; medresorts.net and tripadvisor.com.

Many had websites direct to the resorts offering quite substantial discounts.

 

Was not timeshare originally sold as an exclusive membership, with people being told that only other owners could use them and the facilities. Entering dates for availability and price came as a bit of a shock, in many cases it seemed that the prices were less per week than many owners are paying in maintenance fees. I know if I was an owner I would not be too happy about this. Especially having paid out thousands to buy it in the first place.

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The question is now is this legal let alone ethical?

 

According to one Spanish Lawyer that commented, it appears this may not be legal. He stated that the double business, hotel & timeshare resort/club was not allowed unless they were fixed weeks and apartments. Well I´m not a lawyer so I don´t really understand this, but I do think that it is not ethical.

 

Has this come about because of the dwindling number of people wanting to own timeshare, or is it the resorts just getting greedy? Many people who own points or floating weeks have told me that getting the availability to the resorts they want is difficult and in some cases impossible. Is it because of these rentals? So on one hand the resorts get your maintenance fees and on the other extra income from renting out. Not a bad business to be in is it!

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Thanks to the age of the internet timeshare has become a rather expensive holiday option. Gone are the days when the sales staff could say at least you are guaranteed a certain standard, or use the old financial logic pitch. Yes in those days being tied to the high street travel agent was expensive for decent accommodation, as for the package deals, well, did you know where you would stay until arrival and what condition was the resort/hotel? Yes we all remember those horror stories.

 

Are you happy that your resort now accepts non-owners, let us know your feelings through our comments section. Have a good Easter.

Welcome Back.

Welcome back to Inside Timeshare. It has been a couple of years since we last published, many changes have taken place in the world of timeshare. The Supreme Court in Spain has clarified the EU Timeshare Directives and these regulations are now enshrined in Spanish Law. This is one of the first States in Europe to actually protect you the consumer from unfair practices in the world of holiday ownership.

I hope that the information we provide will be of use to you. We welcome any comments and information that you the reader can provide about this murky world of holiday ownership. It is you that can bring to our attention events and companies you may be unsure about. We will endeavour to find and answer any query that you may have.

Enjoy the posts and we hope that they will bring you a new and fresh insight into the world of Timeshare.