Florida Governor Signs House Bill 429 Into Law

Florida’s Governor signed House Bill 429 into law, a significant legislative development. This bill deals with real property, timeshares and revising the Timeshare Act.  The Timeshare Act applies to all timeshare plans consisting of more than seven timeshare periods over a period of at least three years when the accommodations and facilities are located or […]

Preventing Another Tragedy: New Resort Safety Measures Unveiled

Following the devastating collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium in Florida three years ago, the resort industry has faced a critical call to action regarding building safety. This article explores the importance of proactive measures in safeguarding resort structures and guests.   Read the article…………………………….

Timeshare Tax Shenanigans End With Large Penalties

When I saw the Ninth Circuit decision in the case of James Tarpey, something about it was familiar. It turns out that the opinion by Judge McKeown upholding a penalty of over $8 million dollars was the finale of a story I picked up on October 1, 2016 with Lawyer Subject To Injunction Defends Timeshare […]

Strategic planning for timeshare resorts during hurricane disasters

The panelists shared perspectives on the need for Association Boards to develop strategic plans and solutions to get their timeshare owners back to vacationing following a disaster, along with steps and resources for determining viable insurance options and resolving related title issues.   Read the article………………………..

Distressed Carolina Beach timeshare Condos To Be Sold In Auction (NC)

With one building stripped to its aging bones, the North Pier Ocean Villas sits vulnerable to whipping salty winds – the fate of the once-popular Carolina Beach timeshare condominium is in flux.  Its homeowners association is stuck in debt and lacks the cash necessary to make the repairs necessary ward off a condemnation notice lingering […]

Tenn. Judge Classifies Timeshares As Residential Property

A group of Tennessee condominiums used as timeshares must be classified as residential property, not commercial property, an administrative law judge ruled.  (This article can only be read with a subscription to Law360, but we thought it might be of interest) Subscription to Law360 only…………………………………..

The Pacaso Puzzle (NH)

Pacaso is the fasted rising company in American history to reach “unicorn” status, i.e. a company valued at more than a billion dollars, and how it did so relates to condominium associations.  In previous columns I have talked about the pros and cons (mostly cons) of short-term rentals in condominium associations, including the stream of […]

Suit: Hyatt Grand Aspen timeshares dropped in value (CO)

More than 560 owners of fractional units at the Hyatt Grand Aspen have seen their timeshares drop in value because of underhanded dealing by Hyatt Hotels, Interval Leisure Group and Marriott Vacations Worldwide, among other entities.  That’s part of the accusations made in a complaint filed by G.A. Resort Condominium Association, which has levied 13 […]

Bahamas: Condo Owners Fearing 1,500 Room Night Loss

The Old Bahama Bay resort faces “irreparable harm” through having to place 1,500 room night reservations “on hold” due to uncertainties over its imminent sale, its condo owners are alleging.  John MacDonald, president of Island Ventures Resort and Club (IVRC), the entity formed by the 73 condo owners to keep the Grand Bahama resort open […]

Timeshare development pitch at Troon North draws ire of neighborhood (AZ)

A collection of north Scottsdale residents are calling into question a development proposal critics say is against the character of the existing neighborhood and behind-the-scene municipal moves on behalf of the developer of the project has some crying foul.  Leading the charge against a proposed 62-key timeshare resort property at Troon North on about 3 […]

Diamond Resorts Accused of Using Hard Sell to Push Timeshares

After crashing in the financial collapse, timeshare sales are rising again, and with them high-pressure sales practices such as those Ms. Gutierrez described. Perhaps acknowledging these problems, some in the industry have cautioned in recent months that regulators from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could increase their oversight. New rules would affect all operators, including […]

Ritz Highlands owners suing Marriott over timeshare plan (CO)

Plaintiffs who bought high-end fractional interest timeshares at the Ritz Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands are suing the Ritz and its parent company Marriott, claiming that the hoteliers devalued club members’ investments by affiliating the property with less expensive resorts.    Read the article………….

Florida bill to loosen cap on time-share fees draws critics

A bill making its way through the Florida Legislature that would loosen a cap on timeshare assessment fees and make it tougher for buyers to get out of contracts has drawn criticism from time-share owners’ attorneys and advocates.       Read more………

Timeshares: Are Owner Complaints about Maintenance Fees Valid?

Sometimes it’s difficult for even the most seasoned timeshare owners to figure out where their maintenance fees are going. Maintenance fees are a necessary part of owning a timeshare. The fee cost is determined by the HOA or the developer, depending on who owns the resort. Part of the fee is the owner’s share of […]