Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
December 22, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Attorney General Bondi Takes Action Against Timeshare Resale Company
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a civil consumer protection lawsuit against a timeshare resale company and its owners for allegedly making false promises regarding the resale of timeshares. The action alleges violations of the Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and the state’s Timeshare Resale Accountability Act. The defendants in the suit are J. William Enterprises, LLC, d/b/a Pro Timeshare Resales, Pro Timeshare Resales, LLC and Pro Timeshare Resales of Flagler Beach LLC and Jess W. Kinmont and John P. Wenz, Jr. The Federal Trade Commission also filed a separate action against J. William Enterprises, LLC and
related entities regarding their alleged deceptive timeshare resale practices.
“Some families invest their life savings into timeshare property and we will not tolerate anyone misleading consumers attempting to resell their vacation homes,” said Attorney General Bondi. “My office will continue our efforts to protect timeshare owners from unscrupulous business practices.”
According to consumer complaints, the defendants allegedly solicited timeshare owners in Florida and nationwide through telemarketing calls, misrepresenting to timeshare owners that the defendants had prospective buyers or renters ready to pay a specified price. Additionally, the defendants allegedly misled consumers into believing they would quickly sell or rent their timeshare properties. The defendants also allegedly requested up-front fees for services never rendered. The complaint alleges violations of Chapters 501 and 721, Florida Statutes, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and Timeshare Resale Accountability Act.
To avoid being victims of timeshare resale scams, timeshare owners are encouraged to follow these tips when attempting to rent or sell their timeshares:
- Never pay up-front fees;
- Be wary of too-good-to-be-true claims when it comes to selling a timeshare; and
- Deal only with licensed real estate brokers if doing more than just advertising for a timeshare.
For more tips on how consumers can protect themselves from timeshare resale fraud, click here.
Consumers who wish to file a complaint regarding a possible timeshare resale scam can do so by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling the fraud hotline at 1(866) 9-NO-SCAM.
For the complaint filed by the Attorney General’s Office, click here.
For more information on the FTC’s action, click here.