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August 2016

More Bad News for Anfi & Latest on Tauro Beach

Late on Friday 12 August 2016, it was announce that another client of the law firm Canarian Legal Alliance has been awarded a substantial amount of money. In this instance the High Court No 2 of las Palmas awarded over 66,907€ plus interest and legal fees against Anfi.

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Again this is following on from the rulings laid down by the Supreme Court, that contracts over 50 years (perpetuity) are illegal. The court also affirmed that the selling of floating weeks in accordance with Supreme Court rulings was also illegal. In accordance with 18 rulings from this court the contract has been declared null & void.

 

This goes to show all the lower courts are now accepting the rulings as a matter of course, although the companies involved do have a right of appeal, this is very unlikely to succeed. Obviously this also will have the effect of speeding up the process and we will probably see cases entering the system at a faster rate.

Tauro beach 1 year ago Tauro Beach about 1 year ago.

On the point of the Tauro Beach Project, the Mayor of Mogan Onalia Bueno has also stated she is against any more man made beaches in the Mogan area. She has also criticised plans to give private companies 50 year concessions for the exploitation of the coastline in the areas of Medio Almud and Los Frailes. Unfortunately the Mayor has no authority in this matter, it comes under the Coastal Authority and the Ministry of the Environment, so will we see a mobilisation of local people to fight and demonstrate against any new proposals and plans?

As for the beach at Tauro, many of the local people have been busy with wheelbarrows and sacks, creating sandbags to build a small buttress to protect themselves from the next high tides. These bags are also ready to be placed in front of the entrances to the homes to try and prevent the flooding and damage they suffered at the beginning of August, the next high tide is 20 August. September will also see very high tides, these are known as the Mar del Pino, if these tides also coincide with any adverse weather out in the Atlantic, the flooding and damage could be worse.

 

It would seem that very little is being done for the people of this community, the head of the Coastal Authority Rafael Lopez Orive held a meeting with the heads of Anfi, the only thing reported was he is going to Measure the Beach! In other words checking the beach conforms to the measurements authorised by the regeneration project.

 

Regarding the reports filed with the Guardia Civil, the residents have been informed that proceedings have been openned. One resident who has been there for over 14 years, has said that they know the tides will be high and the flooding will not stop. It was also reported that the people do not want to move, it is their home and community.

 

For those of you who are members and owners of Anfi, how do you feel that local people are being disregarded in this way. Anfi have shown in the past they have a total disrespect for the law, this is proven by the court cases against them. We know also that all is not well between the two partners, the Lyng family and the Santana Cazorla Group, there have been rumblings between them for years. (see link Battle of the Partners).

Through social media Inside Timeshare is in contact with several of the residents, who kindly keep us informed of developments as they happen. It is only because of this media that the community can get their story out into the open. (Follow the links below).

 

http://thecanarynews.com/tauro-beach-residents-angry-about-flooding/

 

http://www.laprovincia.es/gran-canaria/2016/08/11/topografo-costas-acude-tauro-medir/851160.html

 

Tauro Photo Gallery

http://www.canarias7.es/multimedia/galeria.cfm?id=18562

 

http://insidetimeshare.com/great-anfi-battle-partners/

 

If you have any questions about any timeshare matter or have any information about any company that you would like others to know, contact Inside Timeshare through the contacts section.

 

Nightmare for Anfi!

Following on from the previous articles about Anfi, it seems the controversy just keeps coming, Inside Timeshare has just been sent another facebook link to a video about Tauro Beach. Again it has been posted by one of the locals, showing the devastation the people who live there have had to put up with since the project began.

 

In the sound track you can clearly hear the machinery at work as the person taking the video walks along the perimeter fence. It then shows how the sea is flooding the area, the sea itself is not what could be called rough, in fact it looks a normal day, but as can clearly be seen there are no defences. Just meters away are the homes of the local people, with the sea constantly running along the beach flooding the area.

It does beg the question how did this project ever get approval and why is it continuing?

Are the local people and their problems just being ignored in the interest of business?

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The Master Plan!

Is the project trying to clear the area of local people to make way for the proposed development of a shopping centre and other tourist facilities? It would not be the first time business has ridden roughshod over locals, it has happened elsewhere, the Westgate project in Orange County USA has courted similar controversy over treatment of local people.

 

Once the investigation by SEPRONA (Guardia Civil Nature Protection Unit) is completed, we may then have the answers we are looking for. I would not be surprised if we see charges brought against people involved in the licensing of the project, at the very least it would appear to be one of negligence.

 

On another note, social media such as facebook is a powerful tool in bringing information to others. Again a post from facebook has been sent in about Anfi, this time it is from a disgruntled member. This is the post:

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From this we can clearly see these so-called “Holidays of a lifetime” are not that at all. The question is why were they not allowed to use the pool facilities, we have seen this complaint posted on other forums before, also why had they been moved to Tauro when they bought Anfi Del Mar?

 

Could it be no availability again, due to overselling or just a problem of “Floating Weeks”? This particular client even states for what he is paying in maintenance and the original purchase cost, he could stay in any other 5 star hotel or resort, booking only 2-3 months in advance and not the 12 months that Anfi customer services have told him. I wonder if he would have been allowed to use the pool had he booked elsewhere, somehow I don’t think that would have been an issue.

 

Again Anfi are in the firing line from their own clients, non existent customer service, not getting what they have paid for, unable to use the facilities and a contract the client feels is worthless. This does not sound like value for money or the “Holidays of a lifetime”, rather more like holidays in nightmare street. How do they get away with charging thousands for membership then treating the members this way, is it a case of so what, we’ve got your money, you’re locked into a contract, just pay your maintenance and shut up!

Inside Timeshare would like to thank all the local people who have shared their images and videos from Tauro, it has helped to highlight your plight to a wider audience.

Remember there is a solution, this has been highlighted in previous articles. If you have had similar experiences to this either with Anfi or any other company and wish to know where you stand, contact Inside Timeshare and we will point you in the right direction.

Nayaskaya Rguez Llavata just posted this link to Canarias7 with more pictures of Tauro.

http://www.canarias7.es/multimedia/galeria.cfm?id=18562

Also see Canary News

25 years later, a new beach emerges

 

 

 

What! I Can´t Sell It?

Since posting the article titled “More Bad News For Anfi” yesterday 9 August, we have received many comments about the section on resale.

 

In this part is an advert posted on facebook about the sale of a one bed apartment for one week at Puerto Anfi. This is up for sale for £1000 ovno, with so far no one taking up the offer, not even Anfi! (I wonder why?) Many of the comments expressed the same theme, what resale market? No one is even buying from new!

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Having looked on ebay the number of timeshares for sale is staggering, many being given away, even with the incentive of the transfer fees being paid by the vendor. Yet still no takers. One has to ask why is this the case?

 

It may have something to do with the industry’s reputation, the fact maintenance fees are continually rising, the inability to get out of the contracts when circumstances change, or even the fact you can book into these timeshare resorts via the internet cheaper than members can.

 

Many of the resorts also have adverts on their own websites offering rentals to non members for less than most maintenance charges. Is this actually fair on the members, who bought with the promise they were joining an exclusive club, only members would be able to use the resorts.

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How many of you bought your timeshare with these two promises: You are buying property it will go up in value, when you no longer need it we will buy it back from you? Have any of these ever materialised? Only you can answer that question.

 

So what of the resale market, is there one?

 

Simple answer, NO!

 

Most owners, who have tried to sell have paid extortionate upfront fees, then never heard from the company again. Others have been lured to meetings with so-called corporate buyers. Then sold a dubious holiday club or some kind of leisure credits, with a huge discount for taking the timeshare off their hands. Unfortunately it is not a discount, the price quoted is basically double, then they take into account the “value” of your timeshare, highly inflated off course, that is your discount!

 

In many of these cases, a few years down the line they start getting maintenance fee demands from their resorts, the timeshare ownership was never transferred. So not only have they paid for a “club” that doesn’t work or even exist, they are still stuck with a timeshare they don´t want.

helpUnfortunately there are not many options:

 

  1. Keep it, and carry on paying maintenance, you may be able to rent it out to friends to cover some of the cost.
  2. Stop paying and walk away, hoping they will not chase you with debt collectors. (Not really an option).
  3. See if your resort will take it back (usually for several years maintenance fee payment if you are lucky).
  4. Using a reputable law firm to relinquish (this is by far the best option as it is done using legislation)
  5. Depending when and where you purchased, you may just be able to claim back the purchase price and have the contract cancelled. This will usually require a reputable law firm, well versed in timeshare legislation, and involves litigation.

 

In other words your options are limited.

 

Following are just a few of the comments received:

 

  • 1000 euros for a Puerto anfi week and nobody wants to by it , not even Anfi themselves 😢 that shows you how much the resale market is worth ….nothing 😓😢😢😓”
  • “Tried to sell got conned, wnated to give it back no luck now looking at lawyers”
  • “For sale over year no offers, believed promises of selling more than paid”
  • “Just want out cant give away”
  • “Tried raffle at local pub money goes to charity, no tickets sold”

 

There were many more, but all were saying the same thing, no one wants them. The last comment I think sums it up perfectly, if you can not even raffle it off for charity, what can you do?

 

If you would like further information on what options may be open to you, contact Inside Timeshare. We will try to give you the best advice and information possible, if we do not know the answer we will find it for you.