How to Get Out of Your Timeshare

One of our users posted this comment in response to our “Timeshare Rescission Period” article:

“And what can you do to rescind the contract or mortgage AFTER that cooling-off period?? In my case, me and my family were on vacation in Orlando, FL and we unfortunately bought a timeshare from westgate resorts.. when we went back to Brazil we started paying the mortgage but due to the bad economic crisis going on in the country we cannot afford it anymore and we need to cancel or rescind the contract, but we signed it on April this year.. PLEASE, DOES ANYBODY KNOW HOW TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM????”

The easiest way to get out of your timeshare is during the rescission period, but if you missed the deadline, you still have several options.

  1. Sell–This can be difficult to do, but it’s worth a shot. Try to sell the timeshare yourself by listing it on sites like Craigslist or eBay. You can also list it through the developer or through a timeshare resale broker. get out of your timeshare
  2. Transfer–You may be able to transfer your timeshare to a third party, but here’s the catch: the third party won’t pay you for it; they’ll simply take ownership and start paying the maintenance fees.
  3. Donate–There are a number of organizations and charities that will accept timeshares if they are paid in full and up to date with annual fees. Charities can use the timeshare weeks to generate revenue, and you may even get a tax deduction.

Unfortunately, none of these options will be hassle-free, but they are all legal and will ensure that you don’t run into any legal and/or financial consequences.

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Donating Timeshare

Give Away Your Timeshare

A contributor to our website, Nikki, left the following comment regarding an email she received from Property Donation Group.

In light of this comment I thought I would open up discussion for everyone to share their experiences or write a review about donating their timeshare to Property Donation Group.

Here is a copy of the email Nikki received when inquiring about donating her Carriage Hills timeshare:


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Donating Timeshare to a Non-Profit

A reader who is affiliated with a non-profit organization shares their experience with accepting timeshare as a donation.

This is an important read for any timeshare owner, and provides a great deal of insight into issues surrounding increasing maintenance fees and stopping payment.

“I am affiliated with a non-profit organization. We received a timeshare donation week from an individual, not truly knowing what we were getting into.

Our first year the maintenance fees were increased by 20% without our consent. We reluctantly paid the bill, and one of our board members enjoyed the vacation week.


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