Timeshare Industry Denies the Truth

Today we follow up on our Tuesday Slot article European Resort Owners Coalition & Misinformation, with the timeshare industries denial of what their own members are doing, but concentrating on misleading “owners” in an attempt to stem the tide of increased litigation. Many comments received ask the same question, if Anfi is a member of the RDO, why are they not doing something about them? Inside Timeshare has asked this question many times as the evidence which we have seen published not just here but in all the major Spanish newspapers as well as on Spanish television news, points to some very disturbing tactics which go against the Code of Conduct of that organization.

To recap, the RDO Code of Conduct, Part I, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.5 actually states:

“To comply with all laws, which apply to Member’s, business in the jurisdiction in which the Member operates.”

Yet it appears that Anfi is in flagrant breach of this particular section, as since the timeshare law came into force in January 1999, Anfi continued to sell contracts which breached those laws. It is only recently that they have attempted to issue new contracts which on the surface comply with the law.

But as we have seen, it is the underhand tactics which considering the current situation on travel and the inability to use their weeks, “members” are being “blackmailed” into signing the contracts.

Inside Timeshare has reported on this in previous articles, in short, any member who wishes to save their unused week and receive a “voucher” for use in the future, must sign the new contract first. You don’t sign, you lose the week even though you have paid the maintenance. You also lose your legal rights if you wish to take any legal action against the original contract.

Again, we hear nothing from the trade body, the RDO or the “representatives” for “owners”, EUROC on this matter!

This though is just a minor transgression compared to the tactics they have employed in order to avoid paying clients what the courts have ordered.

It has been published many times on these pages that Anfi continues to lodge appeals with the High Court in order to delay proceedings, they have also used the “excuse” that they do not have the money to pay out!

Yet they seem to have plenty of money to launch appeals at the High Court against the rulings of the Court of First Instance!

It has also been reported on all the mainstream media that Anfi is under investigation by the Provincial Prosecutors Office of Gran Canaria, an investigation which may ultimately lead to “criminal charges”.

The investigation not only focuses on “Punishable Insolvency”, which to briefly explain means that due to the movement of funds from the accounts of the “convicted” companies (Anfi Sales SL & Anfi Resorts SL) to other Anfi accounts, leaves them technically insolvent. Thereby they are unable to pay the amounts so ordered by the courts, an insolvent company cannot pay its debts!

After all, we are seeing many other timeshare companies placing their “sales” branches into liquidation to avoid further litigation, despite them giving other reasons. Surely this is a criminal act, yet we hear nothing from the trade body?

Could Anfi be contemplating liquidating the companies involved in these lawsuits to avoid further “convictions”, a move which could be seen as “criminal”?

Could this be in store for Anfi Directors?

The Anfi investigation is also looking at the use of funds paid by members by way of annual maintenance fees. It appears that these funds are also being moved around different accounts to avoid court-ordered embargoes.

One of the possible charges is “Frustration in the execution of sentences” ( another possible criminal charge), due to the Anfi tactic of “avoiding” payments which they are obliged to do so by order of the courts. Inside Timeshare would call this a blatant “contempt of court”!

Yet with all these court cases, the criminal investigation for the illegal movement of funds in order to appear “insolvent” we hear nothing from the industry trade body the RDO, EUROC, Timeshare Task Force or from Timeshare Business Check. These all claim to “protect the consumer”.

One of their own members is flagrantly breaching not only Spanish law but also the RDO “code of conduct” yet they focus on informing “consumers” it is the law firms bringing the cases that are in the wrong. Informing “consumers” of “legislation” which does not exist, such as “it is illegal to take upfront legal fees”. That the courts, including the Supreme Court, have wrongly interpreted the law, that the law firms bringing these cases are “misleading” clients into false litigation.

Our understanding of a “Trade Body” is to regulate members of a particular industry to ensure they all operate in an ethical manner, to represent these members as one voice and ensure that the “industry” is presented in a good light. They should also be ensuring that “consumers” are protected from any wrong those members may do, assisting in resolving any issue.

They should also be sanctioning any member which does not comply with any legislation or breaks any of the “codes of conduct or ethics” that may be in place.

Is the RDO or any other organisation within the timeshare industry doing this?

Inside Timeshare believes not, but we leave you the reader to decide for yourselves.

Previous articles on this topic along with links to news reports.

TVE 1 News report on Anfi Investigation

Previous Inside Timeshare articles

https://insidetimeshare.com/breaking-news-prosecutors-office-denounces-anfi/

https://insidetimeshare.com/the-latest-news-in-brief-azure-services-limited-in-liquidation-and-anfi-funds-frozen/

https://insidetimeshare.com/years-end-not-a-good-one-for-anfi/

Previous articles published by El Diario.

Embargos

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Clients Filing against Anfi Debts

Original Spanish

https://www.eldiario.es/canariasahora/tribunales/Anfi-Timesharing-Condenas-Justicia-Deudas_0_922158442.html

English Translation

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Evading Debt

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