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News on Thursday: Day 12 of Lockdown

Welcome to you all from our “house arrest” in Spain, we are now on day 12 (I think?), with the distinct possibility of another 15 days “lockdown” being implemented. Here in Gran Canaria the vast majority of citizens are observing the rules and staying at home unless it is shopping for essentials. Now that all the hotels and resorts have closed with all the tourists returning home the streets and beaches are now empty.

The normally bustling Puerto Mogan

Staying on this particular subject, last week a video was shared around Facebook and other social media of a UK tourist on holiday in Tenerife. She was seen swimming in the pool at the Paradise Park Hotel and it can clearly be seen that the pool is cordoned off.

She was informed by hotel staff that she should get out as use of the pool is not allowed. She refused and the police were called, she ignored them. In the video, one of the police officers strips down and then drags her to the poolside where another officer pulls her out. She is then handcuffed and taken away to the cells while using the usual profanities against the police.

She was held for 24 hours and the hotel refused her back in, they then left the island, she is on bail pending court appearances.

There is only one problem here, she is Joanne Rust, 53, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk and was the Labour candidate at the last election also being photographed with Jeremy Corbyn.

Not what you would call a very good example from a person who would be a representative of your local area. Unfortunately, her escapade has not really made a very good impression to the citizens of Tenerife of her fellow countryman. (see the link below for the full story and video).

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/03/24/selfish-tourist-who-defied-spains-covid-19-lockdown-to-swim-in-a-hotel-pool-in-tenerife-revealed-as-a-hard-left-union-rabble-rouser/?fbclid=IwAR1W8bzGtDLV-O2h5x8HJ8FwJCgBv-SdccYD8mqVuZ4M1HBXiNDx4ki1U6g#.Xnn2ZBvPkeZ.facebook

Although there is a nationwide lockdown, some court staff are still working albeit with smaller teams, so although trials may have been suspended, the courts and the judges are issuing sentences from cases previously heard. Hopefully, this will clear the backlog of judgement waiting to be issued.

The latest were issued in the past few days, the first was a High Court win for a Swedish client against Holiday Club Canaries Sales and Marketing SL and Holiday Club Finland. The client’s contract was declared null and void and the court has ordered the return of over 17,000€.

In another case, a Norwegian client who won their case at the Court of First Instance has now received their payment, even though Anfi as always appealed the judgement.

In this case, the client’s lawyers Canarian Legal Alliance did not wait and launched immediate “Provisional Enforcement and Execution of Sentence”, resulting in the freezing and embargo of Anfi accounts. The client has now received over 31,000€ back into their own account.

So we now have another two happy and timeshare free ex-owners.

As we have reported over the past week or so, all hotels and resorts including Anfi have been ordered to close, this officially came into force today. But, there are still many comments appearing on various social media sites and forums by Anfi members about the attitude of Anfi.

In one post, the member stated that by mistake they have paid double the yearly maintenance fees for 2020. They have been trying to get the overpayment back since January, but, to no avail.

Anfi’s answer, that’s you paid for next year.

Considering the news of the Cazorla’s being taken to court for compulsory liquidation by one of their creditors, this should not be of any surprise to any of the members. In this post, the member has asked the question “who to contact and what to do?” Simple answer: sue them, after all, you mean nothing to them, you are just a source of income.

Another question being asked on these forums is one we have highlighted previously, this regarding cancellation of bookings.

The poster asks why Anfi has not made any direct contact with members regarding this, once again the answer is simple.

As we have reported Anfi is not interested in you, the members, they want to charge you to cancel, then charge you yet again to re-book the week if banked. Then don’t forget that to use this week you will need a “voucher”, but you can only get this voucher if you sign the new contracts Anfi have been trying to introduce over the past couple of years.

For all those who still believe that Anfi is the greatest, this should be a wakeup call that you mean nothing to them apart from your bank accounts. So far Inside Timeshare has not received or found any similar complaints or comments from any other timeshare company, as usual Anfi still believes they can do whatever they like and screw the members.

For further information on your legal rights and options, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

That is all for today, remember, observe the lockdown, maintain social distancing and stay safe.

TCA Highlight CLC

Welcome to day number whatever it is of the lockdown or “house arrest”, we also welcome our friends and family in the UK who have now joined us in the lockdown, it’s not that bad, as our old friend Fletcher said in Porridge “stir, it’s a state of mind!” As we know, there is very little news emanating from the courts and even the number of emails being received by Inside Timeshare on the “fakes” has slowed down, the Timeshare Consumer Association yesterday published a very good piece on Club La Costa.

The title of the TCA article is “More woes for Club La Costa World”, it began with the news that due to the current COVID19 outbreak, CLC has begun the process of releasing the majority of their staff and are closing their sales decks in Mijas Costa.

Under the regulations in Spain, these staff will be temporarily placed on ERTE. This is a system which allows companies to suspend jobs until “normality” returns. Under this suspension of jobs, employees will be paid by the government 70% of their monthly salary. This now relieves CLC of the liability.

CLC Bosses?

The article then goes on to highlight some of the other “woes” CLC are going through, they begin with the headlines of the drowning of a guest at one of their resorts. This was a tragic event for the family as it happened on Christmas Eve last year, they recently won the right to “extend the investigation”. (full story on the link to TCA website).

They also highlight the BBC TV program Rip Off Britain, this episode focused on the “bullying” tactics used to coerce (force) consumers to purchase while attending a “presentation”. Well, for all you timeshare owners out there, you know those tactics only too well!

It should be pointed out that two of the presenters have been “ambassadors” to CLC.

On this occasion, Inside Timeshare will leave you the reader to see the full article on the TCA website, just follow the link below. What I can say on a personal note, it is a well-written piece and it certainly follows the old TCA we once knew.

https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2020/03/23/more-woes-for-club-la-costa-world/

That is all for today, once again we welcome the UK to the club “house arrest”, get the old Vera Lynn records out and think of “blighty”!

Stay safe.

Start the Week: Anfi continues to Upset Members

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare and the start of our second week of “lockdown” or as we prefer “House Arrest”. Here on Gran Canaria and the rest of Spain, the authorities have started to clamp down on movement and unnecessary journeys, they have said that the first week was a period of “adjustment” giving people time to get used to the rules. The military is now out on the streets in support of the police and here on GC, they have been stopping those from the north travelling to their holiday homes in the south. All hotels and tourist accommodation have now been closed with severe restrictions on entry to the islands. Yet we still see many complaints on the many forums regarding the Anfi response to members or as they like to call them “family”.

Last week Inside Timeshare published the article Anfi Members Complain about Anfi Attitude which looked at some of the complaints from Anfi members having to cancel during the current crisis. It highlighted the cancellation charge and the rebooking charge with Anfi offering a “voucher” for accommodation, as long as the member signs the “new contract”, as we said that sounds like “blackmail”.

We know that for the past two years or so Anfi has been attempting to convince “members” to change to the “new contracts” without much success, after all, it has been shown this is just a ploy to stem the tide of legal action against them in the courts.

Yet even in the light of the news published on Friday giving the official notification of the closure of all tourist accommodation throughout Spain, Anfi is still using the same tactics against their members.

The latest letter to be passed to Inside Timeshare is signed by yet another Anfi Customer Services employee doing the bidding of their employers. In this letter to our reader who has had to cancel their booking due to the situation with flights cancelled and many countries going into self-isolation or lockdown, Anfi is still treating members with contempt.

They have told members that unless the cancellation is made “14 days prior to the arrival date”, the member will lose their points as they will not be able to be refunded.

Yet in the next long-winded paragraphs the same use of coercion or “blackmail” is being used, sign the new contract and we will give you a voucher to redeem the lost points!

We all know that the controlling shareholders Hermanos Santana Cazorla SL has a liquidation process underway in the Mercantile Court, published 6 March, (link below). This liquidation has been brought by creditors of the Cazorla company and could have very serious repercussions for the Group and their control of Anfi.

End of the Week and Another Fake Firm Emerges

In the light of the financial problems of the Cazorla’s, it is fair to surmise that the Cazorla Group are just trying to make as much as possible before they lose it all. It also brings the question of how the IFA Group, considering they have no control over Anfi, view this blatant abuse of members?

The full email is published below:

Dear XXXXXXXXXX,

Thank you for contacting us and I hope this e-mail finds you well.

The latest a booking can be cancelled is 14 days prior the arrival date, from there that your points cannot be refunded.

We would like to take this opportunity to advise you that at the moment and to update our database, we are offering the option to make amendments (remove/add new holders, transfer the membership to your children, or simply update the agreement under the new terms & conditions) free of charge. This way we will be able to give you an accommodation voucher, to at least recover this week.

If you wish to take this option, We will proceed in sending you an updated contract for Club Gran Anfi, for you to then sign and send back. There will be no cost for this at all. Depending on your request, we will have to advise you on the documents required.

Following the new legalisation, the physical apartments and weeks behind the floating weeks will appear on the updated contract, which is what was provided to the Trustee on the day of signing. There is also a new system in place which allows for the floating member to recuperate the fixed inventory behind the floating week, if they so wished, after five years. Obviously there is no obligation to do this and if no notification is made, the weeks automatically continue to be used as up and until now.

I hope this can be of some interest to you.

Looking forward to hearing from you and please keep safe.

Regards,

Fátima Camejo

Anfi Group

Customer Service Department

Phone: +34 928152990/ Ext: 5685

Fax: +34 928736422

www.anfi.com

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This letter is very clear unless you the member “signs the new contract” you will lose your weeks/points where you have had to cancel bookings, regardless that there are no incoming flights and the fact the resort has to legally close Anfi do not see this as a valid reason to curtail the normal cancellation rules.

So far, Inside Timeshare has not received or found any similar complaints about any other timeshare resorts on this matter, it seems that Anfi is the only one that is not treating their members with the respect that they deserve.

This situation is now beginning to change the attitudes of members who were loyal to Anfi giving them the reasons to now seriously look at ending their contracts and recouping their purchase price through the courts. Anfi has only scored a home goal with their attitude.

Have you had enough of being treated with contempt after years of loyal membership?

Would you like to know where you stand legally with your contract?

If you answer yes to these questions and would like further information, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Inside Timeshare wishes you all the very best and stay safe.