Timeshare News and Lawsuits

This Book Explains How Salespeople Close Timeshare Deals.

This Book Explains How Salespeople Close Timeshare Deals.

If you own a timeshare package, then you’re probably well aware of the smoothe-takers in the conference room. Sadly, many like you wish they would have just said “No.” While the presentation itself can be quite riveting, the experience rarely lives up to the hype. This is because timeshare companies pay cunning salespeople to persuade unsavvy consumers.

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Highlands Resorts, Another Christie Lodge Vendor, Sued for Sales Deception.

Highlands Resorts, Another Christie Lodge Vendor, Sued for Sales Deception.

The state of Colorado determined that Highlands Resorts and Todd Herrick “Intentionally deceived, misled and financially injured consumers.” But the purported deceitful operation didn’t act alone. The lawsuit states that Highlands Resorts paid third party telemarketers (that weren’t legally registered) to dishonestly undercut law-abiding competitors.

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Vacation Owners Claim Bluegreen Sold Timeshares Under False Pretenses

Vacation Owners Claim Bluegreen Sold Timeshares Under False Pretenses

According to the U.S. District Court’s filings, the plaintiffs stated the timeshare interval was not only more expensive than what was originally presented to them, but the promised benefits never transpired. Attorneys Todd Friedman and Jason Whittemore wrote, “Contrary to claims made by Bluegreen sales people, annual maintenance fees on the units increased substantially each year.”

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Destination Timeshare Wedding Asks Guests to Pay For Cancun Trip.

After finding herself concerned with a wedding invite that her boyfriend wanted to turn into a vacation, Katie turned to a friend for advice. Upon hearing the details of the trip, the friend agreed that her hesitation was valid. Aside from expecting their guests to pay for airfare and lodging, the couple getting married told invitees they’d have to attend a timeshare presentation in order to come.

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The Acadia Village Resort is Leasing Back Timeshare Intervals From the City of Ellsworth.

The Acadia Village Resort is Leasing Back Timeshare Intervals From the City of Ellsworth.

When vacation owners walk away from resort obligations or legally cancel the contract altogether, most don’t realize the impact it has on the city in which the interval is hosted. A number of towns across our country have suffered from the inadequacies of timeshare travel. In recent years, the Acadia Village Resort, a once coveted property that’s located just south of Graham Lake in Maine, has not only struggled to retain timeshare owners, but attract them as well.

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$18 Million in Timeshare Resale Fees Stolen From Vacation Owners

$18 Million in Timeshare Resale Fees Stolen From Vacation Owners

Corrine Adams, an 83 years old widow, learned this the hard way. After purchasing a Hawaiian interval with her husband nearly 30 years prior, she decided it was time to move on from the expensive purchase. Her primary reason was the increased cost of maintenance fees. Once she hadn’t been able to travel to the resort for a few years, she grew tired of the unnecessary expense and didn’t want her kids to acquire the burden.

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Misleading Booking Fees Spark Lawsuit vs Hilton by Nebraska’s Attorney General

Misleading Booking Fees Spark Lawsuit vs Hilton by Nebraska’s Attorney General

Similar to maintenance costs for timeshare owners, resorts randomly charge travelers for things like add-ons and upkeep during check out without any transparency. Because most hotel chains do this, it’s been accepted as normal by consumers. While it’s made them a lot of money in the past, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be tolerated much longer.

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Harbor Hill Resort Manager Sentenced For Embezzlement

Harbor Hill Resort Manager Sentenced For Embezzlement

After investigating consumer complaints from Harbor Hill timeshare owners, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) found that Donna Zoppi had been manipulating the resort to her advantage from the late 2000’s all the way until 2015. While the criminal actions of Zoppi were definitely disturbing, what she did wasn’t a simple case of stealing.

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2015 Florida Bill Increases Cap for Assessments at Buyer’s Expense.

2015 Florida Bill Increases Cap for Assessments at Buyer’s Expense.

Devastating financial blows, like special assessments, can really leave fractional owners reeling. This partly due to laws that limit the their ability to challenge unexpected costs. So today, we wanted to highlight a Florida bill from 2015 that enabled resorts to charge more for assessment costs while limiting the buyer’s ability to cancel timeshare contracts.

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Timeshare Property Tax Lawsuit Favors Resorts in Maui County

Timeshare Property Tax Lawsuit Favors Resorts in Maui County

Up to this point, all has worked out in the fractional owner’s favor as they weren’t exactly liable for the unexpected fees. However, future assessments are pretty much guaranteed to be on the horizon. Random expenses like these are eventually passed down to the owners who are perpetually obligated to pay their share on the vacation property. The lack of clarity amongst these mandatory costs is disappointing to say the least.

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