I have made several phone calls to the corporate offices and owner services and spoken in person with some of the employees but no one will guarantee a procedure I need to follow to cancel my contract within the grace period. They say "read your contract", but no one will say exactly where I should be looking or reading the contract.
Really...no one at the office would tell this owner how to cancel her purchase, or for that matter, inquire as to why she wanted to cancel and potentially save the sale. This already left a bad taste in this person's mouth, but it gets worse.
I volunteered to call the office on her behalf and see what I could do. I also told this consumer that not all timeshares were like this and gave a "thumbs up" to timeshares in general.
The story continues (with redacted names and phone numbers):
The phone number for the sales office at the Oak N Spruce Resort is REDACTED. Today there is a helpful person answering named REDACTED. My sales agent is REDACTED and his cellphone is REDACTED. I had verification loan officer REDACTED, who I think has tried to be helpful. And today I spoke with Office Manager REDACTED at REDACTED. Her Office Assistant REDACTED is wonderful. But none of these people could direct me to a page or clause that clearly states the procedure for cancellation of contract during the grace period.
The corporate number for Silverleaf Resorts Inc. is REDACTED. This number was not working well the times I have called and frequently told me the number I had pressed to get to another department was "not a valid choice". The member hotline number is REDACTED and you can get to Owner Services through this...sometimes. Needless to say the number of different phone numbers alone is confusing.
At this point I have asked for an emailed verification that the cancellation of contract documents have been received in a timely manner, that they meet all requirements of correct procedure for cancellation (since I could not locate any clear information in the extensive documents I was given and no employee would direct me to such), and that the cancellation is being duly processed in good faith with a full refund to be sent to me.
I wish I could give you more succinct information and an easy way to communicate with this company. If I had been able to feel I could get through and get good answers to my concerns I might have felt I trusted this company.
The address for Silverleaf is 6321 Boulevard 26, ste 400, N Richland Hills, TX 76180. I was also given an alternate address of 120 Elm, Suite 4600, Dallas, TX 75270. The only email I have is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I so appreciate your help. I am so confused by all the numbers and addresses. Even if they are closed on certain days I feel there should be one clear way to contact a knowledgeable and authoritative employee and be assured my calls will be returned in a timely, businesslike manner.
I do look forward to hearing from you.
Lisa, I found the mysterious "Page 1" that is referred to on the cover of my Offering Plan!! The one that tells how a purchaser can cancel the contract!!
It is on page OS513 of the entire document (which, by the way numbers no fewer than 1037 poorly copied pages). It is the 12th or 13th "page 1" out of over 20. Even the lawyer I consulted today couldn't seem to find it. But then he only looked for 1/2 hour. I've been looking for 3 days.
I have asked repeatedly for someone to please direct me to the page in my documents that states the procedure for cancellation of my contract within the stated grace period. No one ever said, "the page 1 you are looking for is on OS513 of your Offering Plan. It will give you the information you are asking for about how to cancel your contract within the 7 day rescission period. Glad we could help you with this, and sorry it didn't work out for you."
I was told "it's in there somewhere", a bit apologetically by some, with annoyance by others. These were all Owners Services Agents , my sales agent NAME REDACTED, verification loan officer NAME REDACTED, and Office Manager NAME REDACTED.
There was also a surly clerk I met on Monday named NAME REDACTED who has been there 7 years. It seems after seven years he might have been asked this question once or twice and might know the answer, but he said he was not authorized to talk with me about that. Since he was the only apparent person in the building I would have expected he had, at minimum, the authority to be polite and give me a name and phone number to contact. He was really awful!
**Just for the record, NAME REDACTED, Assistant Office Manager in the sales office, was a peach. She listened to my concerns and followed through on helping me in an effective manner. They should clone her. She will be an asset to any company she chooses to work in.**
A purchaser has 7 business days to cancel the contract. At Oak N Spruce Resort the sales staff is "off" Monday and Tuesday. For the date I signed the document (a Sunday) that means I had only three business days in which to contact a person of authority at the resort where I signed up. This was terrible, especially as no one mentioned that the staff would not be available those days. I was told I could call the salesperson, but when he learned I wished to cancel he did not answer or return my calls.
Is this company practicing subterfuge, or are they extremely poorly trained? I'm starting to get angry at how I was treated.
Enough for now. Just wanted to let you know that there is actually a Page 1 hidden away in the Offering Plan. Maybe I should share the secret.
So if they only talk with members does that mean they won't speak to a legal counsel representing a member?
Think I'll file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, and maybe the NYS Attorney General's Office. Hmm, this could be my new hobby!
More than twenty (20) "page 1s"! More craziness. Shouldn't the cancelation period and policy be easy to find? And shouldn't someone at the resort have been able to point out "the correct Page 1" to this owner?
This person may in fact choose to purchase a timeshare one day...why did Silverleaf behave in such a way to almost guarantee that it won't be from them?
I'm happy to report that after almost 2 months, this consumer was able to get a full refund of her money and insure that the contract was cancelled,
In Part 2 of this saga, we'll find out a why the timeshare was purchased to begin with...it was for all the "right" reasons and what caused this consumer to have second thoughts...it was not solely related to cost.
As usual with this blog, Silverleaf is cordially welcomed to chime in.