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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.

Solutions Claim to Win Case

For some time now Inside Timeshare has been warning our readers of Solutions SL who as we know is also working with the “Fake” law firm CUC Abogados, part of the now large Litigious Abogados Family. Once again one of our regular readers is keeping us up to date with their latest strategy to glean as much money out of unsuspecting timeshare owners. This article will show you how much of a fraud this bunch are perpetrating.

In the latest email from Solutions which is signed by a “lawyer” using the name David Fernando Pérez, of the Grupo Pérez Alonso “law firm”. Neither the named lawyer or law firm show up on any searches, in fact, the name of the lawyer does not even show on the official lawyer’s registration website.

The letter begins, “as you are aware we (the law firm & solutions) attended court on your behalf last Tuesday 25 February and commenced proceedings to recuperate the necessary funds to cover your awarded compensation of 32,000€”.

This email follows on from one our reader received only a few days ago with details of the court case, the problem is the letter named another client and the company that was supposed to be going to court was Incentive Leisure and Personal Travel Group. Our reader has never had any dealing with those companies which were once part of the late Gary Leigh’s businesses, our reader only had dealings with Club la Costa and Club Del Pinto and are no longer members. So it would seem that someone forgot to edit the letter and paste in our reader’s name and timeshare company.

The letter is also full of inaccurate statements such as the court have already made it clear that “the defendants will have no chance to appeal” the decision. Well, that is one fundamental right that has been denied, there is always the right to appeal, fine, the appeal court may reject the appeal but the right remains.

In the next paragraph they go on to say that the “due to the severity of this case and the total compensation owed equating to more than 1 million euros total, should the defendants fail to accrue sufficient funds to cover the compensated amount, a 7 year jail term will apply as per EU law, the judge has ruled”.

Well once again another inaccurate statement, we ask what EU law? Surely it is Spanish law as the case is heard in a Spanish Court!

They also state that a “time-frame of just over 4 weeks has been granted in which the defendants will have to declare and produce evidence of readily available funds”. It also states that another hearing has been scheduled for Monday 30 March 2020.

Wow, this is really fast work, they really must be fantastic lawyers!

Below is a copy of the FAKE court document with 67 names of “clients” removed. When you consider that the charge is 3000€ that is a whopping 201,000€ these crooks have got away with!

The law firm and Solutions will also be submitting requests to the court to begin the seizure of “all known assets of value both here in Spain and throughout Europe”. They will also be requesting the court to embargo (freeze) all known bank accounts.

According to the letter they “the law firm and Solutions” are “very confident of a swift outcome to this matter”, they also state that they expect to have the compensation within a matter of weeks. Once again this really is fantastically fast work.

But, yes there is a but, we now come to the real nitty-gritty of the letter, they want money!

The last paragraph in full is:

“We are aware that not all clients have been able to make payment of our fees as of yet and we ask that should you fall into this category, that you make payment of our fees no later than 10 days after receipt of this email or risk exclusion from our services. To those clients who have paid, you should already be in possession of your receipt”.

Yours sincerely,

David Fernando Pérez.

Abogado.

Grupo Pérez Alonso.

So that is it in a nutshell, all fake and just after your money, the unfortunate thing is that those who have paid them have no chance of ever getting their money back, all payments are made by bank transfer into named accounts. Those accounts are emptied very quickly to prevent any “clawback” and new ones opened once they have used one account too often.

If you have had any contact from Solutions SL in Tenerife or any of the “law firms” mentioned, we would like to hear from you, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

SO REMEMBER YOU MUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE ENGAGING WITH ANY COMPANY THAT MAKES CONTACT WITH SUCH WONDERFUL NEWS.

Spanish National Television Report on Timeshare

On Sunday night Spanish national Television RTVE aired a report on the world of timeshare, this Spanish version the BBC’s Panorama is a popular program and delves very deeply into the subjects it follows. The program called Repor (Report) focused on the major timeshare operators and interviews many consumers who have purchased what are now illegal products.

Although the report is in Spanish it is not too difficult to follow, especially for those who have been caught up in these contracts.

The presenters of the program also interview two of the lawyers from Canarian Legal Alliance, Eduardo Álamo and Eva Gutiérrez.

We see Eduardo with his clients who purchased with Anfi around 2011, with the couple also explaining their own story. We later see the couple emerge from the courts after their case had been heard where they express some relief at the process now coming to its finale.

Later in the program, there is an interview with Mr Hoyer from Norway, who had a rather long and drawn out case against Anfi. He originally lost in the Court of First Instance, this case was heard before the Supreme Court ruled and set the law in stone. His case then went to the High Court on appeal which he won. Anfi appealed to the Supreme Court and lost with the court confirming the findings of the High Court. (You can read his story in the link below).

Eva Gutiérrez also explains the investigations into all the companies involved and tied up with Silverpoint, she shows the chart which is the company structure all under the umbrella of the Limora Group.

The companies featured in this program are Anfi, Silverpoint, Ona Group and Club la Costa, all were approached for comment yet all declined. That to us at Inside Timeshare is a very telling point, they have nothing to say in their own defence, they all know that they have broken the laws of Spain with their practices and still deny that they have done anything untoward.

As soon as the program has been edited and highlights with subtitles are available Inside Timeshare will publish here, please see the link to the original program and if you can understand Spanish you will be surprised at the depth of the report.

If you have purchased a timeshare in Spain since 5 January 1999 and would like to know if your contract contravenes the law, please use our contact page and we will get back to you with the options available to you.

http://www.rtve.es/m/alacarta/videos/repor/repor-atrapados-multipropiedad/5500078/?fbclid=IwAR0C0yj2DeK0A1rr8p1IROb0ZFZaqQk9yJCFhotSQf_Rhv-v5FuLeCVObik