Help! Where do I look?

Over the years I have seen many ways that you the timeshare or holiday club owner has been fleeced of your hard earned cash.

 

Firstly the bogus resale companies taking upfront fees as guarantees, with the promise you would get it refunded when your timeshare has been sold or if they are unable to sell it within a year. Then promptly disappear and reform as a new entity.

 

Then we had the we´ll get rid of your timeshare but to do this you have to join our non existent or never works holiday club. ILG had this well and truly sown up with the wonderful cashback scheme. You received a cashback certificate for the value of your timeshare which was more than you paid to join this new club. No one ever got the promised amount and many never got a thing.

 

After the closure of ILG a firm on the Costa del Sol, Ramirez and Ramirez began fleecing DWVC members, with the promise of legal action to recuperate the money lost. Other firms wanted payments upfront for doing relatively easy claims against credit card companies. Many of these claims failed or were never even instituted.

 

Then after Ramirez was closed down he opened as another company to claim back what clients had paid the firm Ramirez & Ramirez. Obviously using his old data.

 

Now we have the bogus claims companies. These make out that the courts have already seized assets from holiday clubs such as ILG or Club Class and resale companies. The modus operandi here is that you have already been awarded a substantial amount by the courts and this company has been charged with tracing you in order to pay you the money.

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This sounds very nice. But then there is a small matter of tax needing to be paid. One company downloaded genuine copies of tax forms from the internet for you to fill in. Then once you have done this, a bank transfer needs to be paid to a non existent notary or some other person. Another company wanted Western Union Transfers made out to a private individual. Low and behold you never hear from them again.

 

Another part to this idea was the NIE Number. Some FIRMS stated you need one of these to get the money back and they would do the work for you. Obviously for a fee, usually several hundred pounds. Now the NIE is the foreign residents identification number, which you only need if you become resident in spain or are buying real estate.

 

There are also now the class action companies, many are taking substantial fees to pay for these actions which in most cases are never instituted.

 

There are genuine companies out there but finding them is very difficult. There are also law firms who specialise in timeshare law, and are very successful, these are not part of the timeshare industry and tend to be shunned or slated by the timeshare companies, resort owners and the so called trade bodies such as the RDO and TATOC. Obviously they don’t want to lose your maintenance fees or payout compensation.

 

Any genuine law firm will be able to show you case papers of cases they have fought and won. The lawyers will also show their bar registration numbers, all lawyers must be members of the association for the area in which they practice. These can be easily checked and credited.

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You can also find information via the internet on how to get money back when payments have been made using a credit card. So there is no need to pay someone to do it.

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If you need any help and advice on how to find these things out contact inside timeshare for free and impartial advice. The information is out there, you just need to know where to find it.

Manipulation of votes by resorts and resort owners

Over the past few years members of various resorts have become aware votes on decisions which affect their memberships are being manipulated. We have recently seen this with one company based in Tenerife, Resort Properties, where fixed weeks have been changed to floating weeks. Many of those affected have owned fixed weeks for many years, they chose their week numbers for a reason. For many it coincided with school holidays, others chose them so their holidays would be relatively kid free.

 

Another aspect is the length of time members need in order to book their weeks. This particular company is requiring 25 months notice, but there is no guarantee that members will get the weeks requested. For those who do not use any exchange program it could mean no holiday for 2 years, yet maintenance is still to be paid.

 

It has also been reported on the TCA website, that another company Macdonalds Villacana has recently manipulated the vote to force a change to floating weeks and points against the wishes of the members.

 

The surprising aspect of this change to floating and points, especially in Spain, is the fact the Supreme Court Rulings have declared floating weeks and points illegal. (Law 42/1998)

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So how do the resorts and owners manipulate the vote?

One method is the vote allocation, each member gets 1 vote regardless of how many weeks are owned. The resorts however use 1 vote for every week they have of unsold stock. Couple this with holding meetings where the majority of members are unable to attend, and it is easy to obtain the majority required.

 

Another method to obtain extra votes is the manipulation of members. It is well known that some owners committees have very close ties with the resorts coupled with various incentives. In many cases the chairperson and committee members have been voted in year after year. They may also be on the committees of more than one resort. Is this ethical? I believe not. The problem is, many members may not actually have the time to take part in these committees, or may even believe they are a waste of time.

 

To conclude, you as the member have paid substantial amounts over the years and should not be forced to change, especially if the change then makes your contract illegal. If you are in this situation and want clarification of your rights post a comment and I will get the answers for you.

Kwikchex and Chris Emmins

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because no one sees it.

Mahatma Ghandi.

 

Who and what is Kwikchex, well it seems that no one really knows, It purports to be a WORLDWIDE REPUTATIONAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY. Big words for a company that has only two directors and has been registered for just under 6 years. It has been given the contract to run the Timeshare Task Force and improve the reputation of the Timeshare Industry in Europe by The RDO.

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The company is headed by Mr Christopher Anthony Emmins, a position he has held for 5 years and 4 months. Director I.D. 904358976 and born in June 1957, the entry on Director Check for nationality shows unknown.

 

He has resigned from 4 companies and held 17 appointments at 17 dissolved Companies. It is alleged that the dissolved companies has left unpaid creditors with around £500,000 of debt.

 

The following are the companies he has been associated with:

Keep Reading

Holiday Club Letter to Members

It has just come to our attention that Holiday Club is sending a letter to its members. It informs them about so-called ongoing investigations into companies offering legal services to obtain refunds for their purchases of timeshare.

 

It states that these companies are using recent Supreme Court judgements which have stated perpetuity contracts are illegal. In this letter Holiday Club states that this is not the case and the contracts in perpetuity schemes are valid.

 

Having done a lot of research into this, we have found this to be a blatant untruth as the following link shows.

 

Spanish Supreme Court’s decision declaring Timeshare Contracts in Perpetuity NULL & VOID

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Alberto Garcia steps down as director of Mindtimeshare

Fascinating news has just emerged, Mindtimeshare is no longer an association, it has now been transformed into Mindtimeshare SLU. This now makes it a Spanish Registered Company, or the equivalent of a Limited Company in the UK. This news was posted on the the mindtimeshare.com web site on 7th March 2016.

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Then on 11th March 2016, The RDO (Resorts Development Organisation) which funds Mindtimeshare posted the following.

Alberto Garcia Head of RDO Enforcement and Director of Mindtimeshare had asked to stand down from these positions. Before leaving he set out his proposals for a restructuring of Mindtimeshare. The RDO also reported that Mindtimeshare had been converted into a Limited Company.

The new Director is to be Pedro Picazo Senti, of the law firm Picazo Associados of Valencia. He had been Alberto Garcia´s legal advisor for a number of years and has also represented many RDO members.

The question now arises as to why has Mr Garcia stepped down? Keep Reading

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.