They have been mailing all customers actually they have on their database; Club Class Members who cancelled years ago and even those who never paid in full for the membership!
The article we posted on here http://wp.me/p1kmoi-MF a couple of months ago generated numerous complaints.
Now we received the latest version of a letter that has been send again to the members or supposed members.
In this letter they remind the consumer once again that he has outstanding fees from years and years. Most of these adding up to hundreds of Pounds.
Instead of threatening with legal action as they did in previous occasions, they now go the route of “being nice”
“Unlike most timeshare ownership and other such holiday club schemes: who may
seek court action to obtain any outstanding maintenance or membership fees, Club
Class do offer an opt out clause, however we charge a penalty of €220…”
So apparently after they failed to intimidate consumers into paying the fees with their other letters, emails and tiring phone calls, they now come up with an “opt out clause” which more less means that for €220 plus the supposed outstanding fees (!) they will leave you alone and stop harassing you for something you do not have to pay in the first place!
We recommend all Club Class Members or non-members who receive such a request to go through their paperwork and check the clauses on the actual fees. There might be different versions of the clauses in the agreements as sales were done by different marketers. But in most of the agreements it clearly states that failure of non-payment of the fees will result in de-activation of the membership. There is NO MENTION of an obligation to pay.
For those who bought into a Club Class Membership after the new Timeshare Directive came in place, in February 2011 there is another point to add. Most agreements signed are for 12 months only, a clever way to avoid this Directive which stipulates a 14 cooling off for memberships with duration over 12 months. The new members did not receive this cooling off. So how comes now that the fees after 12 months are an obligation? Is Club Class telling you the membership wasn’t for 12 months in the end?
If you have received a notification from Club Class for fees then please let us know.
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