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How to Cancel a Timeshare without Upfront Fees

February 25, 2021 – by Ken Gilmore

There is a lot of money sloshing around the timeshare industry. Most companies, including timeshare developers, timeshare exit companies, timeshare resellers, and other service providers know that retirees and other people in the target demographics have more disposable income sitting around in the bank than most Americans. That’s why so much time and effort goes into targeting them (you) with ads and offers.

Whether you own a timeshare or are doing the research before purchasing one, you should know about how to cancel and what costs are involved. Millions of Americans love their timeshare properties. They enjoy the dependability and that they can plan trips with friends and family well in advance. Timeshares are great for people who want to book the same type of trip every year. You can stay in a lovely resort in Hawaii or some other favorite destination without having to worry about as many booking challenges or wondering whether you’ll like a new hotel. Many families book timeshares at the same resort to making large family trips more fun.

Things, however, change. This is true of many things in life and timeshare ownerships. Many people don’t anticipate future life changes like losing a job, having more kids, or wanting to go new places. They also sometimes don’t exactly understand the contract they are signing when they purchase a contract. Perhaps what was presented in the presentation with regard to costs doesn’t end up being entirely accurate. Over time, the costs associated with your timeshare contract will go up. Things like annual fees and maintenance fees will increase as timeshare companies have to pay more to keep resorts in good condition.

Reasons People Want to Cancel Timeshare Contracts

Everyone’s situation is different, for sure, but there are some common reasons people want to cancel timeshare ownership. Too many people go years paying for timeshares they don’t want anymore simply because they don’t know that cancellation is an option. If you see something similar to your position below, then it’s in your best interest to find a timeshare exit company that can help get you out of your contract successfully at the lowest cost to you. Here are some reasons why people cancel:

If you think about it, timeshare companies have a contractual obligation to keep their property in good shape and maintain a certain level of service for owners. If they don’t, then they could be found in breach of contract and owners can sue to get out of their ownership agreement. Costs like landscaping, food and beverage, repairs, and other maintenance expenses go up due to inflation each year. Those costs are, like in most businesses, passed onto customers, or owners in this case.

If your ownership costs become too much for your monthly budget to handle, then canceling makes sense. No one wants to own a vacation property that puts them further into the hole.

The Timeshare Cancellation Process

The cancellation process can be very complex, and it’s not always successful. Timeshare companies go to a lot of effort to make their contracts airtight. After all, they know that many people who sign up for timeshares end up regretting the decision. Even if they enjoy their timeshare for years, something eventually changes and people will want out. This isn’t the same thing as owning a home or a car. People often view timeshare ownership as a discretionary expense, and it’s usually one of the first things people think about canceling when financial priorities change.

Typically, you’ll need the help of a timeshare exit company to successfully navigate the cancellation process. A good company will examine your contract to look for any errors that could help you get out of your ownership agreement without too much trouble. They’ll also review whether your timeshare company is in breach of contract. This can happen if your resorts aren’t living up to what was promised or some other concern.

Most reputable timeshare exit companies offer a free consultation to walk you through the process and understand your situation. They’ll talk to you about different options like donating your timeshare to a charity, negotiating a settlement with your timeshare company, and reselling your timeshare on the secondary market. These are all viable solutions depending on what’s happening with your timeshare and its value.

Remember, timeshare companies deal with people who want to cancel all the time. Don’t expect that you can simply call the customer service number and cancel. They want you to pay your full obligation and don’t care all that much about your circumstances. A good timeshare exit company will help you build a strategy that succeeds.

Timeshare Cancellation Fees

The big question around timeshare exit companies is whether they are worth the cost. Unfortunately, there are a lot of companies of questionable reputations that take people’s money and don’t deliver the expected results. There are even a lot of well-known cancellation scams where companies demand upfront payment and then disappear. This, certainly, is something we want to avoid.

Typical timeshare cancellation costs around $4,000. This fee will go up or down depending on your situation, but you’re going to pay thousands of dollars to get out of a contract because it requires lawyers and experts familiar with the process.

The big question around timeshare cancellation is regarding whether to pay upfront fees. A lot of companies will demand a high fee upfront to lock you in. Once you’ve paid them, you’re essentially on the hook no matter what type of resolution they come to with your timeshare company.

We, along with the BBC and almost every other regulatory and consumer advocacy body, encourage people to NOT pay upfront fees for timeshare exit services. It’s a recipe for disappointment.

How to Cancel a Timeshare without Upfront Fees

There are ways you can cancel a timeshare without upfront fees. Do some research to find a company that offers payment after services rendered and not before. Thankfully, there is more information publicly available than ever, and a quick online search will lead you to online reviews from other customers that tell their stories. Find a highly-rated company and start from there. Don’t pick a timeshare exit business with only a handful of reviews, either. Find a business with a good track record of success.

Once you’ve zeroed in on some companies, start visiting their websites to read about what they offer. Go with a company that gives free initial consultations. You want a business that will spend the time to understand your situation. No business can promise results without knowing the odds of success.

During the consultation, they will talk to you about fees and any other costs associated with canceling your timeshare. Choose a company you feel is being transparent and honest in its dealings.

Finally, avoid paying any upfront fees. Some reputable companies request a small payment that sits in escrow. That is understandable because they want to have some level of commitment before they start allocating resources to your case. As long as the fee is agreeable and you have some control over the disbursement of funds based on their performance, then you should feel confident going ahead.

Canceling a contract is a complicated process. The best companies use seasoned lawyers and insiders who know how timeshare companies operate to win success for their clients. Working with a reputable timeshare exit company can make managing your timeshare painless and help you offload onerous financial obligations. As you engage with these providers, do as much research as possible to make sure you are making the best decision for your family. Talk to your exit company about what you expect and hold them accountable.

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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. Let us help you. 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, the resorts are loath to give back the money they’ve already taken for timeshares.

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 go above and beyond for our customers by helping to protect you, and have the best success rate in the industry, rated 5-stars by clients. 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 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 will work with our expert, experienced team whose job is to keep you in the loop throughout the entire cancellation process. We are 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.