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End the Week

It’s Friday again and the weekend beckons, so to end this week Inside Timeshare has a quick look back at the articles published with a rather interesting update on one of them. There has also been a report in the Daily Mirror on another “claims & exit” company being taken to court by a disgruntled client. Although this particular company has not yet featured on the pages of Inside Timeshare, several of the companies they are associated with have been.

We begin with the first two articles published this week, Club La Costa: Timeshare versus Independent Booking and Marriott: What Is Your Timeshare Worth.

The first article this week follows on from the previous articles where Inside Timeshare looked at the availability of timeshare resorts on independent booking websites. In all the articles it can be seen that many of these timeshare resorts are open to bookings from non-members and that in most cases the cost is far lower than the annual maintenance fees being paid by members.

The average maintenance fee paid by CLC members is around 1,300€ for points worth the equivalent of a one week stay in a 1-bed apartment or studio, a figure that goes up each year and increases with the number of points owned. This article showed a 1 bedroom apartment sleeping 4 adults for 7 nights at the CLC Monterey Resort in Tenerife.

This was available for the period 6 November to 13 November 2020 on Apartments4u, the cost was a very low 553.79€ or just 19.77€ per person per night. This is half the amount a member will be paying in annual fees, is this right?

Our second article then looked at Marriott and what the value is on the resale market for those wanting to be timeshare free.

Unfortunately, the true value is a lot less than what was paid to purchase it in the first place, contrary to what the salespeople may have said it does not go up in value, it actually falls drastically. We found quite a variance in prices from 1000€ for a 1 or 2 bed Silver all the way to 18,000€ for a 3-bed platinum week.

It must be said that the majority on sale were all around the 1000€ price tag, the higher prices are what the owner who is trying to sell still believes it is worth. Remember, when you purchase the timeshare in the first place, the majority of the price you paid (around 80%) was to pay for the sales and marketing team, the OPC’s, scratch cards, all costs involved at the presentation and all the admin staff in the contracts department.

So how much do you think your timeshare is worth?

Yesterday, Inside Timeshare published the latest incarnation of another member of the Litigious Abogados Family, Abogados El Paloma. As has always been the case, the website is an exact copy of all the previous ones, the only difference is the names of the so-called lawyers.

This time they have used the same pictures as were used by Torcaz Abogados and Paloma Abogados including the same picture of the founder Amador Dularta Colatamo. This same picture appeared as the founder of the two other “law” firms and was named as Fernando Olawza Garcia of Torcaz Abogados and Fernando Nialgan Torkas of Paloma Abogados, he is in fact Judge Dana Makoto Sabraw, for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

In the same article, we brought an update on an old “claims” company Verity Claims Ltd, although the company was actually dissolved in 2017, we revealed that the website https://www.verityclaims.co.uk/ was re-registered on 25 October 2018, almost 1 year after the company was officially dissolved.

But that is not all, the two directors Mr David Paul Sperring, Director I.D: 917228853 & Mr George Burbidge, Director I.D: 908798815, were actually jailed in 2017 for 3 years after admitting a scam that was worth over £300K in a claims compensation scam.

It turns out while Inside Timeshare was looking at this company in relation to claims against ILG and DWVC, they were also doing claims for mis-sold solar panels. It was this part of their enterprise that finally got them. So the question is who is now behind the website?

https://www.nationaltradingstandards.uk/news/directors-jailed-for-300k-plus-claims-scam/

Yesterday the Daily Mirror published the story of a UK couple who own Club La Costa taking to court a “claims & exit” company. Although as yet this company has not appeared on these pages, their associates have done.

The company is Carl James Associates Ltd, Company Registration 09886619, with the registered address:

71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9JQ

This address has been used by so many companies involved in various timeshare schemes it always gets alarm bells ringing.

The director is Thomas Whelehan who has been the sole director since the company was incorporated in November 2015.

It seems that the “client” wanted an exit from his CLC membership, he paid Carl James Associates £4,200 for them to do this work. The client had not yet signed a contract or even given them any of his documents. He decided to cancel and wanted his money back. This was refused.

According to Carl James, the work to do the cancellation had been passed to Fullbrook Associates of Sterling, a name we are familiar with as they also work hand in hand with Claims Solutions Group of Aberfeldy and Meridian Associates based in Tenerife.

The other link which does not look good is the “consultant” who spoke with the client, Gerald Tiernan who it turns out was once the Sales and Marketing Manager at Eze Group. A link that is not lost on us.

When the Mirror spoke with Club La Costa the Operations Director Guy Mantel explained that CLC will allow members to exit free of charge, provided that maintenance was paid to date, he also stated:

“Members can simply contact our CLC World Member Services department to enquire on this policy and be guided through the process if required.”

“Claims management companies we believe are fully aware of our policy in this matter yet continue to misrepresent the situation and persuade our members to payout fees, in some cases sizable amounts in the thousands, for a service that is not required.”

So there you have it, All these “exit” companies are very aware that Club La Costa will allow their members out free of charge yet still continue to use every falsehood going to get you the member to part with your money.

See the link for the full story.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/club-la-costa-couple-fight-22732136

Well, that is all for this week, have a great weekend and join us again next week for more about the murky world of timeshare.

New Legal Consultants Appear

Over the past few weeks Inside Timeshare has been warning about the proliferation of new “legal & claims” companies which have now started their “cold call campaigns”. Today we highlight one new company to come to our attention, but that is not all, there seem to be several companies all linked together by the same director and all being registered within a couple of years of each other. Three of them have the same address in Falkirk and one is based in Edinburgh.

We begin with the first company which came to our attention from our readers, C and J Legal Associates Ltd, Company Registration SC599970 and now registered at the following address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Their original registered address which is still shown on the website is:

20 Meeks Road, Falkirk, FK2 7ES

Telephone: 01786 609 074

Email: [email protected]

The website was registered on 21 June 2018 and is due to expire on 21 June 2021 with the name of the owner/registrant being once again hidden.

http://candjlegal.co.uk/

The registered director is Christopher James Collins who is also the director of the following companies:

C and J Consultancy Ltd registered on 28 October 2019, Company Registration SC645442, with the registered address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Website: http://www.candjlegalconsultancy.co.uk/ but at present does not seem to be operational.

C and J Management Services Ltd registered on 14 June 2019, Company Registration SC633400, with the registered address:

Crichton House, Meeks Road, Falkirk, Scotland, FK2 7EW

Contract Litigation Services Ltd registered on 12 May 2020, Company Registration Number SC661004, with the registered address:

64a Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 6RE

Website:

https://contractlitigationservices.co.uk/

The website was registered on 7 May 2020 and is due to expire on 20 May 2021, once again the owner and registrant are hidden.

So what are the services being offered by these companies?

Well, it appears it is the usual termination of timeshare contracts and claims, but, considering these are very new companies we have to ask what experience they have and how successful have they been?

As of yet, we don’t have any answers, all we can say is that there is nothing on their websites to show any success and very little on the internet. Although the TCA (Timeshare Consumer Association) back in April did publish an article on C & J Management where Christopher Collins along with C & J Associates were mentioned.

https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2020/04/01/cj-management-services-limited-amaryllis-associates-limited/
https://timeshareconsumerassociation.org.uk/2019/11/19/fca-instructs-amaryllis-associates-ltd-to-stop-claims-activities/

According to the TCA article, Collins offered a 6-month money-back guarantee but the process had to start before Brexit as it would then be more complicated to terminate the contract. Well, we have heard that one before.

According to the TCA, the consumer who contacted them was being charged £12,000 for a TERMINATION!

Apparently this fee was high because the “lawyer” they subcontracted charged over £250 per hour!

Well, it seems as though this price has now gone up as our readers have been told the cost is £14,000!

Another link which was discovered by the TCA is Amaryllis Associates, Company Registration 11449932, registered address:

71-75 Shelton Street, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9JQ

Now the most intriguing fact which the TCA published is the director of Amaryllis Associates is the director, Sabrina Kaur Kumar, who was also once a director of Lansdown Financial Ltd, another of the previous Mark Rowe companies.

Just on the information we have and the link with Kumar gives Inside Timeshare grave cause for concern on several points:

  • The time these companies have been operating;
  • The costs involved;
  • The use of “Brexit” as a reason to sign up now;
  • The link with a Mark Rowe associate and director.

Once again this does show how careful you the timeshare owners must be when being contacted by these types of companies. They may appear to be genuine, but it is not until you start to delve into what they actually say and who they are linked with that the alarm bells begin to ring.

Have you been contacted by any of these companies or any other company offering termination or claims services?

If so, please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Within minutes of publishing, Inside Timeshare received a message from a very reliable source, it seems that Christopher Collins is known in Tenerife and worked with Jeroen Martijn Brussel at Sim Legal Services. This is a company and person who has figured on our pages many times.

https://insidetimeshare.com/start-the-week-information-received/

REMEMBER, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

JSD Group: Not Just Timeshare Claims

Back in June Inside Timeshare published warnings about yet another new “claims” company called JSD Group Ltd,  Company Registration Number 12507867, with the registered address 69 Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom, CA2 7ED. They also claimed that they were registered with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority), yet we could not find any registration or even a provisional approval to operate in claims management. It now seems they have turned their attention elsewhere.

Although no registration has been found with the FCA, JSD Group is registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) for Data Protection. The ICO Registration Number is ZA756403, registered on 15 May 2020 and is due to expire on 14 May 2021.

We have had several readers email Inside Timeshare that they have received cold calls from JSD Group, not for claims against their timeshares or holiday clubs, but, wait for it, against “SOLAR PANELS” companies. So it would appear they are now diversifying or is it just that “TIMESHARE CLAIMS” are getting too hot for them. After all Inside Timeshare is not the only publication to highlight this lot.

It should also be noted that at the time of publishing our first article Inside Timeshare did not notice the “Renewables” section, but we have since noticed that the website was updated on 15 June 2020. So this might be the new “update”.

To recap, the registered company director is Scott James Deakin, with the company being incorporated on 10 March 2020, with the website being registered on 15 March 2020 and set to expire on 15 March 2021. Yet the website did show several “testimonials” from so-called happy clients, not bad for a company that had only just been registered.

We also have a strong suspicion that this “firm” is also linked to several “scam” operations which were primarily based on the Costa del Sol, although with UK registered addresses. These are WTC Administration Ltd or commonly known from the calls emanating from their Spanish call centre as Willard Thomas Claims. They also appear to be associated with another company called Arley Associates Ltd.

Tony Hetherington published an article on WTC Administration back in 2015, where he had tracked down the “Director” of WTC, Kevin Eadie. He was found running a pub in Torremolinos called Mulligans Pub, a well known Irish style venue.

Tony Hetherington

Once again we have to warn our readers who are mainly timeshare owners but many will also have had solar panels installed to be wary of any company that cold calls, especially JSD Group.

We also wonder how they have managed to get the data of these customers who have had panels installed. Just as with timeshare, many of these “client lists” are stolen and therefore illegal to use. Can JSD Group prove to the ICO that they have obtained these lists Legally? We very much doubt it!

Have you received a call from JSD or any other company regarding your timeshare and now for claims against the “mis-selling” of solar panels. If so please use our contact page and let us know, your information can help others not to be taken in and losing a lot of money.

Links to previous articles.

https://insidetimeshare.com/another-new-claims-company-emerges/

https://insidetimeshare.com/jsd-group-ltd-o-yoo-update/

https://insidetimeshare.com/news-update-jsd-group-anfi-back-in-the-news/

The Tony Hetherington Article on WTC Administration.

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-3005630/TONY-HETHERINGTON-Harley-St-firm-traced-Torremolinos-pub.html#ixzz3VDgbxKPW