Washington’s Timeshare Act: Consumer Panacea?

It’s sunset, and time for the Jacuzzi. Beyond your room-size mirror lined bathroom, the master bedroom suite opens onto a majestic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The soft strains of piped-in music spills over the upper levels, where a gourmet kitchen, a second bedroom and a living room with a stone fireplace open onto the same spectacular view. The golf course, pool and tennis complex are but a walk away.

For a modest price and a nominal yearly maintenance fee, anyone can obtain their personal slice of paradisiacal for two weeks out of every year for the next thirty years. The paradisiacal retreat is always well-maintained and cared for, so one need not spend his valuable vacation time with the typical custodial concerns of most real property owners. A “no worries vacation” is the idyllic picture painted for prospective buyers.

The hazards of timeshare ownership are typically excluded from this picture of paradise. There are perils about which many timeshare purchasers are unaware. These perils take many forms, which for the most part occasion the same result: the interference of the quiet enjoyment of one’s timeshare paradise. Until recently, the timeshare consumer was almost at the mercy of the timeshare seller. Buyers could not be certain whether the offering was registered, whether the proper disclosures were being made, or whether the state or federal government provided any protection. Where government protection existed, it was sporadic at best due to the unique nature of timeshares.

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Wendy S. Pearson & C. Patrick Hogeboom III, Washington’s Timeshare Act: Consumer Panacea?, 21 Gonz. L. Rev. 243 (1985).

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