Why timeshare compensation claims require expert advice
Claiming timeshare compensation can be a lengthy and complex process, but a specialist solicitor can help you to avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Having your own holiday home may seem like a dream come true but, the dream can often fail to live up to reality, leaving many timeshare owners feeling frustrated, disappointed and out of pocket.
From unscrupulous sales reps who make false promises, and contracts that contain hidden charges, to booking difficulties and long-term contracts that tie you in for life, there are a number of potential pitfalls that timeshare owners need to be aware of.
Luckily there is help out there, and if you’re unhappy with your timeshare and feel you’ve been treated unfairly, you may want to consider making a claim for timeshare compensation.
However, pursuing timeshare compensation is not as straightforward as you may think. It can be a difficult and complex process, and the industry is plagued by a number of recurrent issues.
Lack of knowledge
One of the biggest and most common issues with timeshare compensation is that some owners try to manage their own claims despite having little to no knowledge of the industry, or the intricacies of contract law.
Timeshare contracts are notoriously complex and trying to navigate this complexity alone is a potential minefield – particularly when you are up against companies with vast legal resources and an in-depth understanding of the industry. Any underhand clauses are likely to be hidden deep within the contract and, without specialist knowledge or expert advice, it’s all too easy to miss those areas of a contract which deserve closer attention and, in turn, this can reduce your chances of making a successful claim.
The complexity of timeshare compensation essentially means that claimants are often operating blind; they don’t know what they’re entitled to or how to go about effectively claiming it. This knowledge gap means that potential claimants can often be pressured into accepting the first compensation offer that they receive – or even walking away without an offer altogether. As a result, many people are left undercompensated and out of pocket. What’s more, due to a lack of knowledge and expert advice, some owners don’t even realise they’re entitled to compensation in the first place.
For those claimants who do seek professional advice, they have to contend with the possibility of falling victim to timeshare compensation scams. There are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who are only too happy to prey on dissatisfied timeshare owners, so it’s important to be vigilant. These scams usually come in the form of cold calls, so be very wary of any unsolicited calls that you receive out of the blue and refrain from committing to anything until you carry out some research of your own. And remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
If you feel like you may be in a position to claim timeshare compensation, it’s important to seek expert advice before proceeding. A reputable timeshare solicitor will be able to assess the viability of your claim and offer specialist advice, guiding you through the process to help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.