Covid 19 – time for a Timeshare exit?

Have you long been considering an exit from your timeshare / holiday product due to concerns about rising maintenance fees and a contract in legal perpetuity? Do you consider the product to have been mis sold, and (pre pandemic), availability and standards of accommodation not as expected? 

Perhaps now, given the much daubed ‘unprecedented’ circumstances and resulting travel restrictions, you have decided it is time to research your options for exiting?    

At the time of writing, English residents in areas falling within ‘Tiers’ 2 and 3 are advised by the Government not to travel beyond their local area. Similarity in Scotland, residents in areas with local restrictions are advised not to travel. This is not, as yet, a legal requirement and there are no penalties for undertaking travel. Thus, travel abroad to utilise your holiday product is legally permissible. However, in some parts of Wales, travel is restricted to essential journeys only. In Northern Ireland, travel is permitted whilst remaining ‘mindful of the risks’, although a period of lockdown is due to commence. In addition to local restrictions, travellers will also need to comply with any necessary period of quarantine upon their return. Prior to the recent rise in Covid 19 infection rates, a ‘quarantine passport’ was due to be trialled.     

However, even if the destination is an area of lower infection rate, the risk of infection transmission during transit may deter many holiday product owners from travelling. Further, many holiday product owners are within the age range of increased risk. Indeed, epidemiological advice, as stated in the ‘The Great Barrington Declaration’, recommends a policy of ‘focused protection’, whereby those most at risk shield themselves for an extended duration. The report notes that ‘vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young’.     

As such, given that travel restrictions and the resultant risks may be part of our lives for some time, you may wish to pursue a possible exit, and bring an end to ongoing payment of maintenance fees.  

Our specialist timeshare solicitors offer a free, initial consultation to go over the details of your case and advise on whether you have a viable claim. Athena Law do our utmost to ensure that you are fully comfortable and satisfied with the solutions that we come to as team. We will also provide an accurate assessment of any possible compensation claim.  

If you feel that you have been the subject of a resale and / or exit scam, we offer a fixed fee service to go over the details of your particular circumstances. 

We are regulated with the Solicitors Regulations Authority (SRA ID 608168) and are a leading authority on timeshare related matters.   

If you have realised that you want to enjoy more freedom in your holiday destinations at a cheaper price then get in touch with Athena Law today for professional, friendly advice that you can really trust. Our team of dedicated, expert timeshare solicitors will work closely with you to discuss any timeshare queries you may have.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Stephen Boyd - Timeshare Lawyer

Stephen Boyd, Partner