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December 2020

Years End & Not A Good One For Anfi

Welcome to the last article for 2020, what a year it has been, lockdowns, restrictions on travel and families kept apart. Even while all this was going on timeshare owners have had to put up with a barrage of “fake” law firms and “legal services” attempting to cash in on the situation. They realised there was a huge market out there of owners desperate to get rid of their timeshares. Inside Timeshare has tried to keep you informed on these as they appeared, the most notable of these were the Litigious Abogados Family, and their use of photographs of very prominent people as their “lawyers” and founder.

Usually, at the end of the year, we would publish a review, today we bring you a news story which was published by El Diario, a Spanish newspaper on 28 December, it once again involves our friends at Anfi.

According to the report, Anfi is not only being investigated criminally for the alleged crimes of punishable insolvency, seizure of assets and frustration in the execution of the hundreds of civil proceedings in which Anfi has been convicted. The investigation is now including the use of funds procured by Anfi by way of the annual maintenance fees.

This investigation does not look good for Anfi, rather than layout the story for you, all the details can be read in the links to El Diario below.

Moving on to last week’s breaking news on Club la Costa, in that article Inside Timeshare warned that this news will more than likely be used by some of the more unscrupulous. Well, considering we have only just finished Christmas, our warning appears to have been correct.

The calls have already started along with emails from companies our readers refused to do business with in the past.

The advice of Inside Timeshare remains the same, if you have a case against Club la Costa or are about to instigate proceedings, please contact the lawyer or law firm who is acting on your behalf. They will tell you if you are affected.

All it leaves us to do now is to wish you all the very best for the New Year, let us hope that 2021 will see us all meeting up again.


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BREAKING NEWS: Update for Club La Costa Members

News has just come in regarding two Club La Costa Companies:

Continental Resort Services SL


Paradise Trading SL.

These are just two of the myriad Spanish entities operated by the timeshare company Club La Costa.

As of Friday 18 December 2020, the Courts have accepted their applications to start liquidation proceedings. An Administrator will be appointed with the task of evaluating the assets and identifying all creditors. The end result will be to distribute the debts as fairly as possible.

What does this mean for members and those who have court cases pending against Club La Costa?

Members have nothing to fear, these companies are the ones who sell the product so the liquidation of those companies will not affect your membership. So please beware the false stories which are bound to appear.

For those with cases pending or contemplating legal action, Inside Timeshare has been informed that it is only those with these companies as the primary names on their contracts and cases are affected.

Those members who did not purchase from either of these CLC companies, your contracts and legal cases are not affected in any way.

Inside Timeshare advises all those who may be affected to consult your own lawyers for a full update.

Below is the link to the official Announcement and a PDF of the Official BOE Bulletin.

Inside Timeshare does expect this news to be used for dubious marketing purposes.

We will bring you more news as it comes in.

Christmas Greetings with Some Good News

Welcome to the last article before Christmas and hopefully a week or so of peace and quiet without the fear of the constant cold calls from the scammers and fake law firms. This year has seen a marked increase in the number of companies that have emerged with the wonderful news of money being held by the courts. All have used a very similar Modus Operandi, they have been “appointed” or “work” for the courts to contact “victims” from lists they hold. As we know the courts are not holding any monies nor do they hold any lists of “victims” or pass them to third party companies. We have also seen a sharp rise in the number of “exit” companies, much of this is due to the many liquidations of timeshare companies and not to forget the problems caused by the pandemic, with members unable to use their weeks and yet still liable for the full maintenance.

Although there have been some horrendous stories which we have covered, there has been some good news, we begin today with one good news story.

Inside Timeshare recently published the story of Donald E Puyear and his dealings with what can only be described as a “rogue” sales agent. Inside Timeshare was then asked to remove the article as Donald’s timeshare company had reached out to him, Inside Timeshare was happy to do so.

Yesterday we received news that his dispute has now been settled, at present we are unable to give you the full details, but it is good news. We do hope to be able to publish a bit more in the future and also be able to thank the timeshare company for their prompt and active response.

All we can say at this point is, if only all complaints were dealt with like this, then I do believe the timeshare industry could improve its image.

We now move to what is probably the last case we will publish this year from the Spanish Courts.

It has turned out to be a very good Christmas for one Norwegian client who purchased a timeshare with our old friends at Anfi.

In another case where the Judge at the Court of First Instance Number 4 of San Bartelomé de Tirajana, decided that there was no need for a full trial hearing and issued his judgement at the pre-trial stage. The case from filing with the court to this point has taken only six months, let us hope that we will see more of these speedy cases next year.

In this case, the contract with Anfi was declared null and void with the court ordering Anfi to repay the 11,213€ originally paid for the timeshare purchase. The court also ordered an additional 16,490€ which is double the amount paid within the statutory cooling-off period as a deposit.

This is another case which was prepared and presented by the Canarian Legal Alliance Lawyer Eva Gutierrez with Claims Consultant Michael Gadman assisting the client.

Although this is a very good victory, we do expect that Anfi will as they usually do lodge yet another appeal to the High Court. We also expect that the clients lawyers will already have drawn up and filed the “provisional execution of sentence order” to secure the funds for the client.

Well, that is all for now, Inside Timeshare would like to wish all of you a very happy Christmas no matter what restrictions you have to put up with. Stay safe and enjoy those who you can be around.