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Carriage Hills Maintenance fees

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Received our bill today. It looks like those of us in good standing are now paying for all those owners that are delinquent. The fees are now $1488.19 a year.
Sure wish we were going to be here to attend the meeting next week.
 

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Wow! That does seem like what is happening, just like what happened at The Lodges at Horseshoe many years ago. I belong to a Diamond Facebook group and one of the organizers who is on the warpath with all developers appears to be flying up to attend the meeting next week. She says hundreds of Carriage Hills owners have reached out to her with tales of hardship trying to pay the steep maintenance fees and that they cant find anyway out of their contract.


~Diane
 

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Diane - that's exactly what I worry about is the fiasco the owners had at the Lodges is what we will be going through. When they sent out our proxy for the vote for next week's meeting, there was newsletter attached and a place to vote if you were in favour of selling the resort. Sure hope the owners read the newsletter and sent in their proxy. Last year there was a vote on whether to have Carriage Hills become a pet friendly resort and the majority voted against it. So at least they do pay attention to what the owners want. We were sent out a questionnaire a few weeks ago from the resort as to when we bought...did we buy from the developer or did we buy resale and are we wanting out of our contract. Hopefully a developer will buy us out. The golf course is no longer there and all those homes that backed onto the golf course are now looking at weeds and long grass.
We only bought one week and it is a fixed week 26....we did not agree to carry the expense for those who walked away. It just isn't right.
We bought from Shell and now Wyndham runs the show.
 

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She says hundreds of Carriage Hills owners have reached out to her with tales of hardship trying to pay the steep maintenance fees and that they cant find anyway out of their contract.
The steep maintenance fees have rendered the weeks worthless in the resale market. I wish the owners good luck and am interested in what Wyndham has to say about this.
 

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Are Hills still holding sales events to sell weeks they have taken back through default or otherwise? I certainly hope not! What is the story with Ridge?
 

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CBC news had a five minute segment on seniors struggling with the burden of maintenance fees. The elderly widow profiled complained she had paid $4,500 to a TS exit law firm and was still not out, and it sounded like she was 3 years in arrears on her annual MF's. Without naming the resort, the description and location sure sounded like Carriage Hills!
 

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CBC news had a five minute segment on seniors struggling with the burden of maintenance fees. The elderly widow profiled complained she had paid $4,500 to a TS exit law firm and was still not out, and it sounded like she was 3 years in arrears on her annual MF's. Without naming the resort, the description and location sure sounded like Carriage Hills!
I didn't see anything on CBC but I did see the story on CTV (Barrie & Toronto) that consumer reporter Pat Foran did last evening.
I not only watched it (https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/i-would-just-like-it-to-be-over-thornhill-woman-remains-stuck-in-timeshare-contract-1.4680922 ) but Sent Pat Foran an email afterwards. Yes I am pretty sure the woman owns at Carriage Hills as those words are printed (upside down) on the back of one of the papers the woman is holding when seated at the table. I told Pat that first of all, nobody should be paying upfront fees to anybody/company to take their timeshare off their hands and also that if the woman from the story has the internet or family who does that can help her she can go to TUG for help and also Irene Parker on the Diamond Owners Advocacy facebook group (she has branched out from just Diamond). I also told him about the other possible ways (giving it away on TUG, Redweek…) the woman could try to get out of her ownership herself at no cost. I also told him about Diamond and other companies trying to force heirs of timeshare owners to accept the timeshare and be responsible for paying the maintenance fees forever and how to get around that.

Pat sent me this reply;
"These situations can be very unfortunate. We understand there is a huge meeting at Carriage Hills where many people are struggling with this issue.
We plan to attend.
Please watch for our story next week."

So I will be setting my PVR and be anxiously waiting to see what he says. I have neighbours who are owners at Carriage Hills and went to the meeting in Barrie last month only to be told there were too many people for the size of the hall and it was being rescheduled to Nov.19th at Casino Rama, but they leave for Florida on Saturday so cant attend. I would love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting!


~Diane
 

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If you really want to attend the meeting, Diane, perhaps your neighbours could appoint you as a proxy to vote their interest at the meeting? Assuming you have the time to attend...just a thought.
 
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