The Many Ways to Cancel your Timeshare
Timeshare attorney shows timeshare owners the ways to be relieved of a timeshare contract
While it is true that a timeshare contract is a binding legal document, an experienced timeshare attorney will explain how there is a common misconception that such a contract cannot cancelled. In fact, most timeshare resort companies maintain that their contracts are non-cancellable. This misleading claim is perpetuated by timeshare resorts and user groups that are under the control of the timeshare developers.
In reality, under the law, contracts are cancellable for many reasons, including fraud and mistake.
Furthermore, a timeshare owner who is suffering from the obligations of a contract may "terminate" it and no longer be bound by the contract for reasons other than breach.
"Cancellation" occurs when either party puts an end to the contract for breach by the other and its effect is the same as that of "termination" except that the canceling party also retains any remedy for breach of the whole contract or any unperformed balance." Uniform Commercial Code 2106(4); see 13 Corbin (Rev. ed.), -73.2; 13 Am.Jur.2d (2000 ed.)
"Termination" occurs when either party, pursuant to a power created by agreement or by law, puts an end to the contract otherwise than for its breach. Uniform Commercial Code sec. 2106 (3)
Since it is the law of the land, that a breach of contract by a party to the contract may result in the other party being released from their obligations under the contract, the notion that one is forever bound by a timeshare contract is erroneous as a matter of law.
The purpose of timeshare attorneys is to provide a ray of hope to those timeshare owners who are no longer interested in being tied to their timeshare and its lifetime of financial obligations, from the viewpoint of an expert timeshare attorney
To start, when you first purchase your timeshare, most states have a rescission, or "cooling off," period during which timeshare buyers may cancel their contracts and have their deposit returned. This is know as the "right of rescission." Once this period expires, however, most timeshare companies will have you believe that their contract is non - cancellable and you are thereafter bound in perpetuity to pay the ever increasing maintenance fees that go along with timeshare ownership.
Moreover, the proponents of timeshare ownership would have you believe that once the initial "right of rescission" expires the only legal way to end timeshare contracts involve a transfer of ownership whether by selling, donating or giving it away. A knowledgeable timeshare attorney can help explain the process.
In fact, most timeshare user groups and virtually all timeshare companies want you to believe that under no circumstances will a timeshare company voluntarily take back their timeshare. This again, is not true.
What is true is that most timeshare companies will not willingly take back their timeshare. As will be seen below, when faced with litigation or the potential of litigation, many timeshare companies will in fact either take back their timeshare or simply agree to release the timeshare owner from any future liability in connection with the timeshare contract.
Before I discuss the latest developments in cancelling a timeshare, I'd like to devote a little time to the more traditional means of cancelling or getting rid of an unwanted timeshare.
As mentioned above, the traditional means of ridding oneself of an unwanted timeshare is through a sale, donation or transfer.
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On the subject of selling a timeshare, many unwary timeshare owners seeking to rid themselves of their timeshare fall pray to listing companies that propose to list their timeshare for sale. Such companies have been under investigation by state Attorney General's for fraudulent and deceptive practices and a proposed timeshare seller wishing to sell his or her timeshare obligation should first consider selling their timeshare by listing it on sites like eBay or Craigslist.
Timeshare attorneys and the options to exit your timeshare
Other options are to list it through the developer, if the developer handles re-sales, or through a timeshare resale broker. One thing the proposed timeshare seller should not do is pay an advance fee for the sale of their timeshare. It is these advance fee practices that have fallen under the scrutiny of state Attorney Generals.
Another frequently discussed solution to the problem of how to be released from your timeshare's financial burdens, is to donate the timeshare. Where there once were a number of organizations that accept deeded-timeshare donations, with the ever increasing burden of maintenance fees which seem to go up every year, such organizations are a vanishing breed.
Transferring ownership to a third party who will merely take over the yearly maintenance obligations is another "exit strategy." These persons, however, won't pay you for the timeshare and in many cases the timeshare company will simply refuse to recognize the transfer or alternatively impose onerous resort transfer fees making the transfer to a third party prohibitive for those faced with financial difficulties.
In recent years, however, new techniques pioneered by timeshare and real estate attorneys who specialize in timeshare litigation have emerged. These techniques reached their ultimate fruition in a series of lawsuits filed in California against Wyndham Vacation Resorts, purportedly the largest timeshare company in the world.
The first such action entitled Rivera et. al. v. Worldmark et. al. Superior Court of California, County of Riverside, case no. 1205598 was an action for fraud, intentional concealment, breach of contract and trespass.
The action which was filed by the law offices of Mitchell Reed Sussman & Associates was just the first lawsuit of its kind, filed by a private attorney on behalf of a group of timeshare owners who wanted nothing more than the complete release, termination and cancellation of their timeshare interests. That action was settled in February of 2013, with each and every plaintiff being released from their timeshare contracts.
Other similar actions have followed, all seeking damages for the type of fraudulent and deceptive conduct that is frequently utilized by timeshare sales people to induce unwitting potential owners to sign on the dotted line.
Such conduct includes the following representations, typically made at the time the timeshare was sold:
a) That the timeshare interest purchased would appreciate and increase resale price and value over time.
b) That the timeshare interest purchased could be freely exchanged, transferred and sold.
c) That the timeshare interest purchased was a financial investment.
d) That the timeshare interest purchased would result in the purchaser receiving booking priority over non-purchasing vacationers wishing to stay at one or more of the properties owned and/or maintained by the defendant.
As a result of the filing of such actions, timeshare companies have become much more amenable to releasing timeshare owners from their timeshare obligations even without resort to litigation.
In order to avail yourself of such a solution, you should retain an attorney familiar with timeshare laws and the various techniques for terminating a timeshare contract.
In sum, do not believe the naysayers who tell you that it is impossible to get out of a timeshare contract. Should you be the victim of one or more of the foregoing misrepresentations, you too may be able to cancel your timeshare contract.
Please feel free to contact a Timeshare Legal Action timeshare attorney at 800-233-8521 and ask to speak to one of our client managers as you too may be eligible to file legal action against your timeshare resort. To date, our timeshare attorneys have negotiated or otherwise caused the cancellation of over 20,000 timeshare contracts.
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