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Why are your Timeshare Maintenance Fees so High?

You’ve noticed your timeshare maintenance fees are higher each year and are wondering if there is anything you can do. Let’s discuss the reasons behind escalating maintenance costs and consider potential solutions to help you navigate this financial challenge.

Are you seeing a steep increase in your annual timeshare maintenance fees? Steve and Lainey realized just how much they were paying when they tried to trade their fixed week for a different one. They weren’t able to make the trade, so they went online to rent. Fortunately, they found the same unit as their own in the week they wanted. Ironically, though, the cost to rent the unit was much cheaper than the maintenance fees they were paying for their own unit. “That totally burned me,” Steve said. “I made up my mind right then to get rid of my timeshare.”

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Understanding escalating timeshare maintenance fees

Maintenance fees at resorts across the country are skyrocketing.  Contracts that started at a reasonable $400 a year have doubled—in some cases, tripled.  Why so much?  The reasons go far beyond inflation.

Here are the main factors contributing to rising timeshare maintenance fees:

Defaulting on Payment

One big factor is that other owners default on their payments. This can happen when, say, the original buyer “gifts” their property to a friend or family member who doesn’t fully understand the obligations of ownership. The new owners think they’re getting a free vacation property and are taken by surprise when maintenance fees come due. They either can’t afford to pay them or simply refuse to do so. That leaves the remaining owners to pick up the difference—and the defaulting ones to deal with ruined credit and potential litigation since maintenance agreements are legally binding contracts.

Unscrupulous Companies

Another factor for rising fees is unscrupulous companies that take timeshares from owners and then deed the properties wholesale into fake holding companies designed to go bankrupt. These companies leave unsuspecting owners thinking they have responsibly divested when, in fact, they have brought hardship on all of the remaining owners.

What happens if you stop paying your timeshare maintenance fees

Many timeshare owners become so overwhelmed and frustrated that they often contemplate walking away from timeshare maintenance fees. We strongly advise against such a decision – you need to understand what happens if you don’t pay timeshare maintenance fees.

If you simply decide to stop paying your maintenance fees after missing multiple payments, the resort will likely send the debt to collection agencies, which will significantly damage your credit report.

This could result in foreclosure proceedings, whereby the resort takes possession of your timeshare and sells it to recoup the owed fees. Consequently, not only will you lose access to your timeshare ownership, but your credit score will also suffer from the negative impact of foreclosure and outstanding debts.

What can you do about rising timeshare maintenance fees?

Taking control of maintenance fees

One way you can better control your maintenance fees is to become more active in the management of your timeshare. Just as condo owners regularly participate in their homeowner associations, you should do the same with your timeshare, whether it be reviewing financials or organizing fellow owners to influence the company that manages your resort.

Use our timeshare cost calculator to find out the true cost of timeshare ownership.

Selling or transferring your timeshare ownership

Selling your timeshare allows you to offload the financial responsibility and burden of maintenance fees onto a new owner who may find value in the property. Alternatively, transferring ownership to a willing individual can provide relief from ongoing fees while ensuring that the timeshare is put to good use.

At Timeshare Specialists, we offer comprehensive timeshare divestment services to assist you in navigating the process of selling or transferring your timeshare ownership. We’ll find the best solution for your situation and guide you through every step of the process, from assessing the market value of your timeshare to finding qualified buyers or recipients.

We are here to help

If you need more advice or if your maintenance fees have become too great a burden and you are wondering how to get out of timeshare maintenance fees, give us a call. We’re ethical, responsible, and trustworthy.

Not only will we help you find the best option to get rid of your timeshare, but we won’t hurt other timeshare owners in the process. Call one of our specialists today at 1-800-965-6565.

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