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Westgate Rescission by a Non US Citizen/Resident

Discussion in 'Buying, Selling & Renting Timeshares' started by Getserius, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Getserius

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    Greetings to one and all.
    I am a newbie to this forum and my wife and I are both citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago a twin island state in the southern Caribbean. We just returned from vacation while on holiday in Orlando, Florida where we stayed at Westgate Lakes and Spa. While there we had to attend a presentation as part of our vacation package.
    We thought it was a great idea initially. The salesperson painted us a Mona Lisa.
    Within a period of about 3.5 hours we took the bait and purchased a costly timeshare and paid down a hefty deposit, over a couple thousand dollars. (...Oh how they rang that bell and told the other sales personnel that unit XXXX was sold and no longer available. Tried to make us feel extra special and made us think we got a super deal)
    That night after we got back to our room I started researching timeshares, and Westgate LLC in particular. I was appalled at the reviews after googling and watching several Youtube videos, I told my wife that we need to get out of this nightmare that we had found ourselves in.
    We wrote two rescission letters that will both be sent via certified mail with a return receipt requested and within the 10 calendar day time period allowed by Florida law to cancel our contract.
    One letter was mailed yesterday via our national postal service (aka TTPOST) and another will be mailed this afternoon out of a USPS in Long Island New York.
    I will be returning their Android Tablet and Owners Kit next week under separate cover with UPS.
    I found this forum 3 days ago and found some very helpful information as well as a lot of tips with the overall format and information that is required to do a proper rescission letter and thought I would share here for others, that may have recently found themselves in a similar situation to mine. The number one priority is DO NOT WAIT TO RESCIND.
    Please see below format that could be used as a guideline to cancel your contract.

    At the top of the letter we included our names, address, phone contacts and email address.

    To Whom IT MAY CONCERN,
    Dear Sir/Madame,

    This is to notify you of our intent to cancel our Timeshare Contract that was purchased at Westgate Lakes and Spa on xx date.
    As per the cancellation terms outlined in our Timeshare Contract we are exercising our legal right to cancel our purchase within ten (10) calendar days. The contract number is XXXXXXXXXXX-XXX. Regarding our Consumer protection rights and in accordance with the laws of Florida, as stated in the contract we are entitled to a full refund. We expect a full refund of XXXX.XX
    All promotional materials including 1 Owners kit and 1 Android Tablet will be returned under separate cover.
    Kindly confirm our legal rescission in writing via a formal letter or email, of acceptance of this cancellation.
    Respectfully Submitted,


    Your Name Spouse's Name
    Signature Signature


    We also attached a copy of the main contract page with signatures to the rescission letter.
    It was mailed to:
    WESTGATE LAKES LLC
    2801 Old Winter Garden Road
    Ocoee, Florida
    34761


    .....and if that is not one of the most beautiful and brilliant things that I've ever written, it certainly is in my top three.
    Thanks to all the awesome folks here on TUG!!!!
    I will keep you all posted on the outcome.
     
  2. Karen G

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    Congratulations on finding TUG and rescinding in time! You may or may not receive an acknowledgement of your rescission. They aren't required by law to send that, but they are required by law to honor your rescission since you followed their instructions in a timely manner. Great work!
     
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  3. Getserius

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    Thank you Ms. Karen G. I anxiously await what happens next. I understand it could take as long as 45 days for them to process my refund from the time they receive my letter. I have no problem with that. Better 45 days than a lifetime of remorse. I might actually lose a few pounds while waiting which can't be a bad thing. :D Just so glad that we submitted our rescission in time.
     
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    lol

    Congratulations; you dodged a bullet.

    Here on TUG, we are delighted when people learn in time. Especially when it is Wastegate (as it is known locally).
     
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    Getserius, that is one BEAUTIFUL rescission letter. I might copy it and give to others who wish to rescind Wastegate. Congratulations on finding TUG in time and for recognizing that you need to act quickly.

    Welcome to TUG!

    Jim
     
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  6. Getserius

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    Please feel free to share the letter.
    It may help someone who may need an example of how to get out of their contract.
    Share the love and be blessed.
     
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    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    @Getserius Congrats on rescinding in time. Don't accept any phone calls from unknown numbers. We know of one instance in which a Westgate rescinded owner accepted a call, and the Westgate saleswoman falsely claimed the Westgate rescinded owner accepted a counter-offer. Mind sharing how much you saved with rescission?
     
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    This is not a thread "About TUG BBS". Moving it to Buying/Selling/Renting.
     
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    That most certainly is a
    piece of writing.

    Welcome to TUG and congrats on saving yourself a huge amount of money. As grammarhero stated, don't accept any calls from Wastegate. Their only motive to contact you is to get you to not cancel the contract and will say anything to achieve that goal. There are so many great TS opportunities out there in the resale world that, should you decide that a TS is the right fit for you and your family, you will be able to purchase what you need at a fraction of developer cost.
     
  10. Getserius

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    I'm not going to even think "if" the rescission works, I'm being positive and claiming it the name of the ALMIGHTY.
    "When" our rescission is processed by Westgate we would have saved in excess of $2500.
    If we had missed the rescission "bus" the figure would be closer to 50K over a ten year period.
    Not cute at all. :eek:
     
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    Congrats! That is a great savings.
     
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    Is that adding in the MFs?
     
  13. Getserius

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    That figure does not include annual maintenance fees. Add in another $1100 for the ten year period, per year.
     
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    Let's not get too carried away with the potential savings. Sure, you dodged Wastegate's bullet for initial buy-in cost, but you'll still (presumably) be taking vacations. And since you've been bitten by the 'timeshare bug', you will never be happy with taking your family to bargain hotels in obscure backwater locations- or tent camping a day's drive from home. (Though T & T has it's charms) I suspect you'll find yourself either looking through TUG's or eBay's resale offerings, and when you pull the trigger on one of those, you'll be looking right down the barrel of those annual maintenance fees. So, you got out of Wastegate, but sooner or later you'll recognize that quality vacation time has some value to you and your loved ones, and will be paying SOMETHING for the security of ensuring that it will continue to be an option.

    Jim
     
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    Good evening all, Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the wonderful folks on this forum.
    The advice I received on how to write a proper rescission letter was of immeasurable value to my wife and I. We cannot thank you guys enough.
    I just got home from work a short while ago, and checked my credit card balance online and I'm happy to report to you,
    that Westgate LLC reimbursed me all my money that was paid in full.
    The credit appeared in my account today 25th October.
    They received my rescission letter on the 15th October ( I sent it via USPS certified mail return receipt 8th October)
    Never me and another timeshare presentation. Once in a lifetime was quite enough.
    Thanks again to this forum for the pertinent and accurate information, you guys saved us a bunch.
    :banana::banana::banana:
     
  16. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    Congrats. Go out and celebrate.
     

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