- 1 Can you give a timeshare back to the resort?
- 2 What happens if you abandon your timeshare?
- 3 Can you just walk away from a timeshare?
- 4 How can I legally get out of my timeshare?
- 5 What is the average cost to get out of a timeshare?
- 6 How much do lawyers charge to get out of a timeshare?
- 7 Can I refuse to inherit a timeshare?
- 8 Why is it so hard to get out of a timeshare?
- 9 Can lawyers get you out of a timeshare?
- 10 How can I get rid of my timeshare without damaging my credit?
- 11 How do I get out of timeshare maintenance fees?
- 12 What happens if I don’t pay maintenance fees?
- 13 How much do timeshares cost monthly?
- 14 Are timeshares worth anything?
- 15 How long do timeshares last?
A deed back clause or program allows you to give your timeshare back to the resort. Until then, you remain responsible for paying the maintenance and special assessment fees along with your mortgage payments.
If you stop paying it, the timeshare company will do whatever it takes to collect. They’ll make phone calls and send letters, then they’ll assign it over to (you guessed it) a collections company. If you still don’t pay, the situation sinks even further into foreclosure and possible legal action against you.
You can’t just walk away from a timeshare. That’s because they often come with an obligation to pay maintenance fees for as long as you own them. It says 85 percent of timeshare owners who go to contract regret their purchase.
Getting out of a timeshare The main way to get out of a timeshare is to sell it. To do this you’ll have to make sure all fees are paid. However, timeshares can be very hard to sell. Most people make a loss when they sell them.
Costs to Get Out of a Timeshare On average, it costs about $5,000 to $6,000 and takes 12–18 months to get out of your timeshare contract using a timeshare exit company. But the cost and the timeframe can vary depending on a number of factors including, how many contracts are attached to your timeshare.
Here’s some insight into costs and what to expect. On average, the cost of professional cancellation services is around $4,000. This typically gets you a team that will work with your timeshare company on a settlement or manages the resale process for you.
If you die owning a timeshare, it does become part of your estate and obligations are indeed passed onto the next-of-kin or the estate’s beneficiaries. However, they do not have to accept it, in the same way that anyone has the right to refuse any part of an inheritance.
In fact, it can be hard to even give a timeshare away, let alone sell it. One of the reasons it can be so hard to sell a timeshare is because timeshare loans tend to have a higher interest rate than traditional home loans. For example, timeshare loans can have an interest rate from around 6% to 17%.
A timeshare cancellation attorney will help you understand the fine print of your contract and support you in cancelling your timeshare within the rescission window. A timeshare exit attorney will help you approach getting out of your timeshare after the rescission window has passed.
Let’s dive into the most common ways on how to get out of a timeshare—without ruining your credit.
- Talk to your developer about buying back your property.
- Gift your timeshare to a family member or friend.
- You may be able to cancel your ownership.
- Post your timeshare for sale.
Looking to Get Out of a Timeshare? Here’s How to Do It Legally
- Call the developer.
- Rent it out.
- Sell it on the resale market (expect to take a hit).
- Gift it to a friend, family member or stranger.
- Stop your payments (but expect consequences).
- Avoid scams.
What happens if I don’t pay maintenance fees?
Maintenance fees are part of the purchase contract. Failure to pay the maintenance fees results in the resort foreclosing on the property and selling it at auction to recover money owed. You may face a judicial or non-judicial foreclosure.
How much does a timeshare cost? The average cost of a timeshare is $22,942 per interval, according to 2019 data from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). Annual maintenance runs $1,000, on average, but can vary based on the size of the timeshare, ARDA reports.
No, the timeshare has no value, because you don’t own anything in the normal sense of the word. It’s not like your regular home, which likely has some equity built up. In fact, a timeshare goes down in value from the moment you sign the contract. There are much better ways to invest your hard-earned money.
Right-to-use timeshares often expire after a certain number of years, like 20 or 99 years, and at the end of this time, your right to use the timeshare ends.