Welcome to another week with Inside Timeshare, we start today with a roundup of news from the end of last week in the courts. It certainly proved rather costly for these timeshare resorts but made their ex-members very happy indeed. As usual, all the contracts have been declared null and void due to serious infringements of Spain’s timeshare laws with the return of all the client’s purchase price.
In the first case which was actually heard and the sentence passed some time ago, Puerto Calma Resort in Gran Canaria has now paid out the client over 41,000€. This money has now been paid to the client via bank transfer. They are now timeshare free as the contract was declared null and void.
Friday was a very bad day for the major timeshare resort in Gran Canaria, in just one day seven sentences were passed by the courts against Anfi. As we know many of the Anfi contracts are illegal as they either contain floating weeks or points systems or the contracts are perpetuity which as the law states should have a duration of not more than 50 years. As in most of these sales, deposits were also taken within the statutory cooling-off period which is also forbidden by law.
The total amount awarded by the courts in these seven cases amount to a massive 213,187.29€, this is certainly a huge hit to the Anfi coffers in one day, the client’s contracts were also declared null and void leaving them timeshare free.
These cases were brought on behalf of these clients by Canarian Legal Alliance, this is further proof that this is one law firm that does actually deliver what they say. So it is congratulations to the clients and also to the whole legal team at CLA.
The criteria for a valid and viable claim against your timeshare resort is as follows:
The purchase or upgrade must have been made in Spain or any of her territories after 5 January 1999;
The contract duration is more than 50 years or has no end date, what is commonly known as a perpetuity;
It contains points or floating week systems, this may also include fractional and investment packs such as those sold by Silverpoint. This also includes the Company Participation Scheme which replaced the old investment weeks;
Any payment is taken within the 14 days cooling-off period even by a third party. This may also be extended to 90 days where other serious infringements of law have taken place.
There are other laws which may also be used in these cases which include Consumer Law and also Mercantile Law, these tend to be included once the lawyers begin to prepare a case for court.
Moving on to the article published on Friday with regards to the application by Silverpoint to the Mercantile Court to begin proceedings to liquidate the company, Inside Timeshare has received several enquiries on this subject.
The main concern so far has been the same, why have Silverpoint not informed members of this fact?
That is one question that we are unable to answer, we suspect their motive is to just keep it quiet giving as little information to members as possible. We also know that this “liquidation” is an attempt to avoid any further litigation in the courts against them which they are losing on an almost daily basis. It must also be mentioned that the State Prosecutors Office is also conducting an investigation into the reasons behind the liquidation.
Have you had enough of your timeshare and the ever-increasing maintenance fees?
Are you fed up with not being able to get the reservations due to no availability?
Have you found that non-members are able to book into your resorts without the huge “investment” you made and in many cases for less than your annual fees?
If you can answer yes to these questions and your contract falls into the criteria above, then please use our contact page and ask for further details. We will get back to each person with a personal reply as to your own circumstances.