Time share legislation

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What EU rights for timeshare buyers?

Under new EU rules, timeshare is where you buy the right to spend a set amount of time in a villa, apartment or similar in a given period (2 weeks a year, for instance) and where the contract lasts more than one year.

In the EU, timeshare buyers have a strong set of rights under the new EU Timeshare Directive. These include:

Top tips on timeshare from European Consumer Centres

These tips have been compiled based on the experience of Centres advising and helping timeshare buyers.

1. Beware of aggressive sales

Timeshares and holiday clubs are often sold using aggressive techniques (many of which are illegal in the EU). For example, holidaymakers may be offereda scratch card which invariably wins a prize. To get the prize, they are lured into commercial presentation and pressured into signing a timeshare contract on the spot. Be extremely suspicious!

2. Be cautious of timeshare resale offers

Some timeshare resale companies offer to resell your timeshare for an upfront fee. Once the fee is paid, sales rarely take place and, where they do, it is often at a selling price that barely covers the fees.

Timeshare sellers may also try topersuade you to buy another property, saying that they will sell your current property. Often, these sales never happen and you may be left with two timeshares!