Welcome to the start of another week and our third week of “house arrest” here in Spain where the restrictions on travel and working have been increased. Unfortunately, the current situation is not stopping Inside Timeshare from receiving yet another email from very concerned “members” of MacDonald Hotels and Resorts. On Friday we published the story of an elderly couple who have been told that they must pay £10,000 if they want to terminate their contract, even though this is not guaranteed. Today we report on yet another tale of woe caused to yet another elderly couple which MacDonalds refuse to help.
This couple now in their 80’s originally owned a fixed week timeshare purchased in Spain, this was converted to points, which as many of you may remember was advocated as “the best move for members” by the now discredited and defunct TATOC and Harry Taylor.
They have approached MacDonald’s to terminate their contract as they can no longer afford the £500 per year maintenance fees. It is also a fact that they are unable to use it because of the cost of flights and travel insurance due to age.
Their sole income is their pension credits which as we know is very low and £500 is a huge amount to cover.
The response from MacDonalds is what we have come to expect from this despicable company, they may be able to “buy” themselves out in September 2020, but the cost will be over £2000 plus this year’s maintenance fees!
They explained that they could not afford this and so MacDonalds were not interested.
Somehow they have managed to budget monthly payments for the maintenance but they have no way of being able to raise over £2000 by September to cover the termination payment, which comes to more than 4 years maintenance fees.
They then received a letter from MacDonalds who have changed the conditions, now they want all the money to be paid by the end of April to “relinquish” the week. The only problem is MacDonalds may not accept the “request”.
Inside Timeshare has highlighted this in the past, there is no guarantee that they will allow the relinquishment even if this money is paid. That leaves the question, would they get their money back if it is not accepted?
They have always paid their maintenance fees even when it was never used, a letter from pension credits was also sent to MacDonalds from pension credit to show exactly what their income is each month. MacDonalds once again just couldn’t care less, all they want is the continued payment of maintenance fees.
All this is taking its toll on their health and they are now at their wit’s end.
Once again we see MacDonald Hotels and Resorts showing their true colours and contempt for their “members”, their greed seems to know no bounds. Somehow I actually think that the Mafia would be disgusted with this how they operate.
Are you a MacDonald Hotels & Resorts member, have you experienced the same problems with terminating your contract?
Have MacDonalds sent in the debt collectors for the arrears in maintenance you could not afford?
If so, please use our contact page and tell us your experience, Inside Timeshare is collaborating with a freelance journalist who has a deep interest in this subject. It is only through publicity that these underhand and greedy tactics of MacDonalds will ever be curtailed.
Inside Timeshare looks forward to hearing from you, in the meantime stay safe.