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My Thoughts Today.

Every morning I switch on my computer and start looking at the various timeshare related websites, I am amazed at some of the verbal diatribe that many present. The use of language to say the least is appalling, most of the time the content does not even reflect the topic that they headline.

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One site that I looked at today, which shall remain nameless, could not even get the details of their association correct. Rather than saying National Association it stated they were members of a Nation Association. If they can not even get these small facts correct, how can you even trust what they offer?

 

Most at the end of the day are just after your money, they do not really care if you have been wronged. The information given is confusing to say the least. Facts are not given, sources are none existent, and most of the time they are either timeshare industry related or on the periphery.

 

One piece I was reading today was from the Chief Executive of the RDO, in his blog of January 4th 2016, He ranted on about the legal system in Spain, that it had got the laws wrong on timeshare, from how I read it only English law was correct. Mind you, it was in defence of his own industry, TIMESHARE. The industry that his organisation should be regulating and ensuring that its members do the right thing.

 

This organisation only exists to make sure they have a business, the consumer is just fodder for their coffers. Is it any wonder that there are so many claims going through the courts, when the governing body will not even investigate its own members? If they did what they should and what is right, maybe there would not be so much controversy around the industry.

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Timeshare is a sound concept, it is the way in which it is sold that is the problem. All the lies that “UPS” are told on the sales decks, nothing in writing apart from the contracts, which as we have seen from the Spanish courts in accordance with EU Directives on timeshare, are unfair and illegal. How many times have we heard “it’s an investment, you are buying bricks and mortar”. “Your children can inherit it, what a legacy to give them, something they will remember you by”.

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“TIMESHARE” A Dirty Word For Many.

Why does the word Timeshare have such a negative meaning among many people? After all the concept is actually a very sound one, especially in the early days. It gave people a guarantee of high standard resorts, the feeling that you were part of an exclusive club and for many it felt that it was the holiday home they always dreamed about.

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So what changed?

 

During the 1980´s and 90´s which was a boom time for the industry, it was not very well regulated. It was full of what can be described as dubious practices and people. Many of the companies involved especially in Tenerife and Southern Spain had what you might say criminal connections.

 

The industry was policed in the same way as the mafia families in the USA, controlled their various activities. Using some very nasty tactics against rivals. This is not speculation or made up, many times over the years have there been articles in the press and on the news of murders and beatings of rivals.

 

The industry controlled the sales people and the OPC´s (Scratch card touts) with the use of security commonly known as “Clumpers”. These “Security” staff would ensure no one would work on their patch, using various means like clumping, hence the name. Anyone breaking the rules would be on the receiving end of a baseball bat at the very least.

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Manipulation of votes by resorts and resort owners

Over the past few years members of various resorts have become aware votes on decisions which affect their memberships are being manipulated. We have recently seen this with one company based in Tenerife, Resort Properties, where fixed weeks have been changed to floating weeks. Many of those affected have owned fixed weeks for many years, they chose their week numbers for a reason. For many it coincided with school holidays, others chose them so their holidays would be relatively kid free.

 

Another aspect is the length of time members need in order to book their weeks. This particular company is requiring 25 months notice, but there is no guarantee that members will get the weeks requested. For those who do not use any exchange program it could mean no holiday for 2 years, yet maintenance is still to be paid.

 

It has also been reported on the TCA website, that another company Macdonalds Villacana has recently manipulated the vote to force a change to floating weeks and points against the wishes of the members.

 

The surprising aspect of this change to floating and points, especially in Spain, is the fact the Supreme Court Rulings have declared floating weeks and points illegal. (Law 42/1998)

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So how do the resorts and owners manipulate the vote?

One method is the vote allocation, each member gets 1 vote regardless of how many weeks are owned. The resorts however use 1 vote for every week they have of unsold stock. Couple this with holding meetings where the majority of members are unable to attend, and it is easy to obtain the majority required.

 

Another method to obtain extra votes is the manipulation of members. It is well known that some owners committees have very close ties with the resorts coupled with various incentives. In many cases the chairperson and committee members have been voted in year after year. They may also be on the committees of more than one resort. Is this ethical? I believe not. The problem is, many members may not actually have the time to take part in these committees, or may even believe they are a waste of time.

 

To conclude, you as the member have paid substantial amounts over the years and should not be forced to change, especially if the change then makes your contract illegal. If you are in this situation and want clarification of your rights post a comment and I will get the answers for you.