In light of Consumer Protection Week, the ARDA-Resort Owners’ Coalition (ARDA-ROC), the leading political advocacy organization fighting on behalf of timeshare owners nationwide, today commended the work of attorneys general and Better Business Bureaus nationwide for their help in fighting fraud in the timeshare resale and exit arena.
“In recognition of Consumer Protection Week, I’d like to thank, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, for bringing actions to stop fraudulent resale and exit company activity and eliminate its harmful effects on timeshare owners nationwide,” said Jason Gamel, president and CEO of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). “We urge consumers to exercise extreme caution when doing business with third-party companies who guarantee they can get you out of your timeshare.”
ARDA-ROC recommends owners always contact their timeshare developer, resort management company, or HOA as their first source of information regarding exit options. The Coalition for Responsible Exit is also a place for owners to safely explore exit options that are supported by timeshare developers and can be accessed by visiting ResponsibleExit.com.
ARDA-ROC has also teamed up with Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader, to release a collaborative ‘Important Information to Know When Buying a Timeshare,’ in order to help people become better educated about making a timeshare purchase.
“ARDA-ROC is excited to work with The Timeshare Crusader to help people become better educated about buying a timeshare,” said Gamel.
“I strive to be a catalyst for positive change in the timeshare industry and help consumers make educated choices, and I think teaming up with ARDA-ROC checks both of those boxes,” said Schreier. “There’s important information that all potential buyers need to consider before purchasing a timeshare, besides the beautiful views, and a big purchase should always be thoroughly researched beforehand.”
The collaborative ‘Important Information to Know When Buying a Timeshare’ can be accessed by clicking here.
ARDA-ROC is a 501(c)4 non-profit entity funded by over 1.5 million individual timeshare owner’s voluntary contributions. ARDA-ROC is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing vacation ownership through smart policy and sensible regulation. ARDA-ROC advocates for local, state, and federal policies that enable the vacation ownership industry to thrive and provide consumers with an enriched vacation ownership experience. For more information, visit ARDAROC.org.
Lisa Ann Schreier, The Timeshare Crusader, has been writing about the timeshare industry for 20 years. She is the author of two consumer books and the co-author of a college text on timeshare. The driving force behind International Timeshare Appreciation Day held each November 1, she is a frequent contributor to media outlets. Her blog is regarded as a no-holds-barred look at the industry and its consumers. For more information, visit thetimesharecrusader.blogspot.com or follow her at @LisaLooksAt.