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A Beginner’s Guide to Timeshare Bylaws

timeshare bylaws

February 16, 2019 – by Primo Management Group

timeshare bylaws

Confused about your timeshare bylaws? Here’s what you need to know.

All timeshares are governed by a unique set of rules often called timeshare bylaws or covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs). Timeshare owners and the Board of Directors are bound by these bylaws and must follow them. However, timeshare bylaws can be long and confusing. So, we’ll try to simplify what they are and how they affect you.

Who Creates My Timeshare Bylaws?

Timeshare bylaws are created, revised and maintained by the Board of Directors (BOD) of your Homeowners Association (HOA). The BOD is a group of elected and/or appointed individuals responsible for running your timeshare.

What’s In My Timeshare Bylaws?

As with everything relating to timeshares, the contents of the bylaws will vary greatly from resort to resort. We highly recommend that you get and read your timeshare bylaws—preferably before you buy. Although we can’t say exactly what yours contain, here are the types of rules you’ll find.

Rules Governing the BOD

Most bylaws state how many members will sit on your BOD, if they will be either elected or appointed and by whom, what requirements are necessary to be on the board, as well as term lengths and limits. They could also contain procedures for the discipline or removal of and member as well as procedures in the event a member cannot complete their term.

Rules Governing the Property

These bylaws govern how the property will be maintained and used by both owners and the management company. They might cover how loud you can be and within what hours. Or where you can deposit trash or where you should park. If you’re wondering if you can bring pets, check here. And if you’re wondering how often landscaping or housekeeping will be done, check here, too. Hopefully, these rules will be reasonable and contribute to an awesome vacation. However, make sure you’re willing to comply before you buy!

Rules Governing Finances and Payments

Pay special attention to these bylaws! Among other things, they tell you when maintenance fees and special assessments are made public, when they are due, how you can pay, and what happens if you don’t pay. They’ll also state when the budget is due, how it is approved, and other aspects of resort finances.

What If I Violate My Timeshare Bylaws?

Bylaws will also outline penalties for violating the bylaws. These consequences range from warnings to fees to more serious consequences like loss of privileges or forced compliance. For example, if you park in an undesignated area, you may get a warning or a ticket. However, if you bring your dog to a pet free timeshare, you may have to remove Fido from the premises. Or if you fail to pay your maintenance fees or special assessments, you’ll more than likely be unable to use your timeshare until you catch up. Because the consequences can be severe, make sure you can live with the rules.

What If My Timeshare Bylaws Violate Local Laws?

In discrepancies between timeshare bylaws and local laws, local laws win. Your BOD cannot enforce any bylaw that violates local law. So, know that the law is on your side here.

We hope this keeps you from getting into a timeshare that doesn’t suit you. If it’s too late, we can help. Contact us for a free consultation and find out how you can get out of your unwanted timeshare safely, legally, guaranteed.

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Frequently Asked Questions ?

How does PMG get me out of my timeshare contract?

PMG is not a resale, transfer, or donation company. We are consumer advocates—we help to negotiate the release of your timeshare contract obligation. We do not buy, sell, or rent your timeshare. Simply put, we help you to get out of your timeshare contract forever.

How long does the process usually take?

Usually less than 12 months, but it all depends on your situation. If your timeshare is free and clear with no mortgage, then the process may only take 3-9 months.

Speak to your advisor about the time, and what delays the resorts have put into place to prevent timeshare owners from departing their ownership. If you have a mortgage or past due maintenance fee, the process takes more time.

How much is my timeshare worth?

This is probably going to hurt, but whether you paid $5,000 or $50,000 for your timeshare, the IRS values all timeshares as worthless investments. In addition, that timeshare would have negative value due to the annual maintenance fee bill which compounds year after year. That is until PMG helps you cancel your timeshare.

Can I use your service if I still have a balance owed on my mortgage?

Yes. Whether you bought your timeshare 20 days ago or 20 years ago, PMG has a solution for you and is here to help.

Will my name be off the timeshare?

Yes! Permanently! GUARANTEED!

In addition to getting me out of my timeshare, can you recover the money I’ve already spent on mortgage payments and maintenance fees?

While we are able to recover money in rare cases, beware of any timeshare cancellation company that entices you with the promise of fund recovery. The truth is, timeshares are loath to give back the money they’ve already taken.

Are your consumer advocates really “consumer advocates”, or is that just a fancy word for salesperson?

Because most of our clients have had their trust betrayed by timeshare salespeople, we understand how some consumers can become a bit jaded. When you call us for a consultation, that’s exactly what you get, a consultation. At PMG, our job is not to sell you; our job is to help you get out of your timeshare. Which is why we have numerous 5-star reviews and an “A” (excellent) rating from the BCA.

Why should I choose PMG to get me out of my timeshare?

We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best customer service in the industry. When you contact our company, you speak to a live person, not an automated system or voicemail. We go above and beyond for our customers by helping you to protect your credit and even repair your credit if needed. We offer a 100% money back guarantee, and we can provide documented proof of our success in helping customers just like you.

What happens after I sign up with you? Will I be apprised of your progress?

At PMG, we pride ourselves on our hands-on, boutique-style customer service, so every new client is assigned a case manager whose job is to keep you in the loop throughout the entire cancellation process. Your case manager is always just a phone call away.

How much is your fee?

Not all timeshare experiences are created equal. Some are more complicated than others, and every situation is different. That’s why our trained timeshare elimination consultants will ask you a series of questions designed to determine exactly what needs to be done to terminate your timeshare, how long it will take, and how they can best advocate for you. We will always seek the most cost-effective route for you.

What if I still have more questions?

Canceling a timeshare contract is not a cookie cutter process. With each situation being unique, once you complete the form below an experienced consumer advocate will call you today to discuss your options.