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Can I just walk away from a timeshare contract? I have found it impossible to sell and I can't afford to keep it. I want out!

Bronx, NY |

I have been told by the owner company that my account will be forwarded to a collection agency April 30, 2013. My credit rating/fico score (750) now is good, I do not want it ruined. My outstanding balance now is for every other year ownership of one-bedroom unit in Las Vegas. I still owe for purchase of this timeshare which I am legally responsible for, but I want to end this albatross around my neck. It was a foolish mistake on my part and I feel to keep it is just throwing good money after bad.

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Unfortunately you took on a binding obligation. Sadly a timeshare investment is horrible! Do your best to find someone to take over the obligation. They will come after you.


The company will turn the matter over to collection and foreclosure if you do not stay current on your payments. Yes, it will affect your credit score, but you can put in an explanatory letter, and it is common that owners cannot sell it (in some instances people have been advertising their time share for sale for $1 for years and been unsuccessful) and creditors may be understanding as to why any sane person might walk away. Alternatively, you may try to gift it to a person who actually is interested in using it or try giving it to a charity as a potential auction gift, etc. In either of those cases, you should make the payments current so the recipient is not assuming a debt, which will cool any ardor in taking it.

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You can stop paying but they can sue you to collect. I suggest you meet with a real estate lawyer and/or a bankruptcy lawyer to see what your options are.

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Depending on the state, one can "rescind" a timeshare contract but generally it is very close to when you would have signed the contract. Many states have 14 days windows, some less. Echoing others, it seems like you're past the time where you can rescind the contract. The problem is of course is that you're stuck with what you signed. You need to see an attorney right away, and in the meantime find someone to take this timeshare off your hands.

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